2007-01-20 / News

Baltimore seeking police chief

By Scott Rawdon

BALTIMORE- Do you want to be Baltimore's full-time police chief?

If so, send the village your resume by Feb. 9, and expect plenty of competition. Baltimore Mayor Bob Kalish said the village is ready for a full-time police chief and he's enlisted the help of the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police to advertise to its 900 members. Kalish said that the "citizens requested" a full-time police chief and he hopes to have one cruising the village streets by an "April timeframe." Once a new chief is in place, current part-time Police Chief Brett Rogers will remain on the force as a parttime officerand current full-time officerBilly Putnam's position will not change. Kalish expects that adding a full-time chief will provide at least 40 hours per week more of police protection to the village.

The hiring salary will range from $40,000 to $52,000, depending upon qualifications. T h e O h i o M a n a g e m e n Consultants, Inc. will also help the village search for a full-time police chief.

Kalish said there are several reasons why an experienced police chief candidate would benefit the village:

+ Establish accountability- The full time chief would devote primary attention to the business of operating the Baltimore Police Department, and firmly establish who is in charge and accountable for the actions of the department.

+ Improve communication, operational consistency, and service quality- The full time chief will monitor day-to-day operations of the department and take immediate action when necessary.

+ Establish a clear direction and vision for the police department- The ideal candidate will have several years of varied full-time law enforcement experience. The individual must have strong knowledge of all the common aspects of police operations, impeccable integrity, solid written and interpersonal communication skills, and the energy and w i l l i n g n e s s t o o v e r c o m e the challenges of building a professional operation within tight budget parameters.

In other Baltimore news, Kalish will present his annual State of the Village address Monday, Feb. 19, 9 a.m. at the Liberty Union High School. Breakfast will be served 8:30 a.m.

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