Police chief hiring possible by next week
Town Manager Steve Wright is taking to the streets to learn more about Truckee’s potential police chief.
This week, Wright and law enforcement consultant Mike McCrary of Lewis-McCrary Partners are traveling to the town where the top candidate works to conduct background investigations.
“We will be back Thursday,” Wright said Tuesday morning. “We will spend a full day in the community of the chief.”
McCrary, a law enforcement specialist, will conduct investigations into law enforcement history, and Wright will investigate community-related work.
“I can’t say what community, but it is similar to ours. It is a resort community,” Wright said.
Results of the background check will be combined with the psychological investigation, which has been scheduled in the next few days. Wright hopes that next week, barring complications, he should be able to announce who Truckee’s first police chief will be.
In other news, job classifications and grade orders for the police executive assistant and police commander will be reviewed by Truckee Town Council in their meeting tonight, at 6 p.m. in the PUD board room. The classifications were submitted to the Town’s personnel consultant DMG Maximus for salary recommendations. The recommendations call for Executive Assistant as Grade 9, a salary range between $3,168 and $4,277 per month and the senior level Police Commander as Grade 18, designating a salary range between $5,518 and $7,451 per month.
The police commander is the second-highest position in the force and will also have a large impact in the dynamics of law enforcement. According to the proposed classification the commander directs management and supervisory employees and is responsible for the conduct and performance of all operations division employees, sharing that responsibility with the chief.
The executive assistant is responsible for the primary administrative support and will oversee a records clerk and three part-time police assistants.
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