Sunday, August 4, 2013

McCall Extends Search for New Police Chief

Posted By on Sun, Aug 4, 2013 at 12:00 PM

Saying they want a deeper pool of applicants, officials with the city of the McCall have decided to extend the deadline for candidates interested in becoming the city's new police chief.

The McCall Star-News reports that, to date, only six applicants have applied for the position, which has been vacant since the February dismissal of former McCall Chief of Police Jerry Summers.

"The application process involves a very comprehensive set of documents," McCall City Manager Gene Drabinski told the Star-News. "Even those applicants who saw the notice early have some holes in their documentation."

The process requires an 18-page personal history statement in addition to a 15-page application. That's not including any cover letter or attached resume.

The starting wage for the job is listed at $68,182 a year.

According to the advertisement, the city is looking for someone to "set the tone ... by conducting all personal and professional interactions openly, honestly and ethically."

Drabinksi and a team of seven current McCall police officers will screen the first round of applicants. According to the job posting, the city had hoped to have a new chief in place by November.

Meanwhile, October 2014 has been set as the beginning of a jury trial in the case of Summers, who is suing the city of McCall, claiming he was fired by Drabinksi in retaliation. Summers, who supported another candidate for city manager, wants his old job back, plus damages.

Meanwhile U.S. District Court has ordered Summers and the city to meet—no later than January 201s4—to explore the possibility of negotiating some kind of settlement.

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