March 7, 2013 | Vol. 39, No. 10

Assembly receives update on police chief search

The Petersburg Borough Assembly, along with Borough Manager Steve Giesbrecht, has decided on a criteria that will be necessary to attract good, qualified candidates for the position of Petersburg Police Chief.

"The police chief job description has been revised in response to the community interviews and to the changing needs of the community," Giesbrecht said. "And this description better reflects the position profile established by Brimeyer Fursman consultants."

This criteria includes a salary range of $70,000 to $95,000 with reimbursable relocation expenses between $10,000 and $15,000. The candidate’s contract would be prepared with a section that addresses a sliding scale payback to the borough for moving expenses should the selected candidate not stay for a minimum of three years.

The Assembly discussed the moving expenses and unanimously amended the expenses to up to $20,000.

The hiring decision will include the borough manager and designated members of the interview board who will meet to determine which candidates should be offered the position.

"A formal recommendation from myself and the review board will be provided to the Assembly," Giesbrecht stated. "The Assembly will need to conduct a special session for this decision."

A "Plan B" has been put into place in the case that a suitable candidate cannot be found right away.

"The administrative staff is addressing an interim possibility and is recommending a monthly contract wage, with no benefits, of $6,500 for an interim chief, if the need arises," he stated. "A new police chief is expected to be on duty sometime in June or July."

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