Truckee police chief job description approved
The outline has been cast, but the application process for Truckee’s first Chief of Police is far from complete.
In their meeting Sept. 21 Town Council approved the official position classification for a police chief, developed by law enforcement consultants Lewis-McCrary Partners following substantial community input.
“There were some minor changes that needed to be made but the official copy is completed and available to the public,” Town Manager Steven Wright said. “We expect the close for applications for the chief to be Nov. 15 and anticipate the new chief will come on board sometime in January.”
On Aug. 30 a meeting was held in Town Hall to record input from the public on the qualifications that should be required for the Chief of Police. The comments were pooled together with the letters obtained by public agencies and private organizations and submitted to Lewis-McCrary Partners for review.
Some of the ideal qualifications to make the list included responsiveness to youth, integrity, communication skills, positive attitude, ability to build community support and effective management skills.
“I know this may sound a bit bold, but I believe we need a chief who is prepared to lay down his life for the community,” added Mary Stamps in the meeting Sept. 21.
George Robertson added that he felt the chief “should be able to perform anything that his staff is able to do.”
One of the recurring comments made by the public was the desire for a chief that is community-oriented. The Chief of Police must be able to walk the beat and participate in community events, Jim Smith said.
“Key components for the chief are experience and ability to cooperative with public agencies, such as public works, animal control, fire but the chief has to work in a public manner,” Truckee Fire Protection District Chief Mike Terwilliger said. “The best police chief may not be a police officer, just like the best hospital administrators aren’t always doctors and the best fire chiefs not always firefighters.”
Town staff will proceed to establish the classifications for a Police Lieutenant and Executive Assistant.
Those job classifications and the salary for the Chief of Police will be included in an October Town Council meeting, Wright said.
For more information or a copy of the Chief of Police job classification contact Town Hall at 582-7700.
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