GRANDVIEW - After a short executive session last night, Grandview City Council members voted to hire someone to fill the position of police captain in the Grandview Police Department, a position that has never been put to use in the city until now.
City Administrator Jim Sewell explained that although there is no one currently working as a police captain in the local department, it is a position that is on the books through the city's Civil Service Commission. He added that with Assistant Police Chief Armando Martinez planning on retiring in 2007, the person hired to serve as captain will end up taking over as assistant police chief when Martinez steps down.
"We're planning for an orderly transition," Sewell said.
He explained that the person hired to serve as captain will be able to work with Martinez for nearly a year and a half before the assistant police chief retires. He said this will provide for a smooth transition for the police department. Sewell said bringing in a captain now will give Martinez plenty of time to train the person and prepare the captain to take over as assistant police chief.
Besides making for a smooth transition, Sewell noted that hiring a police captain will give Martinez more time to work on the department's accreditation. Police Chief Dave Charvet explained that ensuring the police department is accredited is a long, involved process that can take up to two years to complete. Martinez has already been working on the process for nearly a year.
Sewell said the city is planning on hiring a captain from within the police department's 16 officers. He noted that those who are interested in applying for the position will go through Civil Service Commission testing, with the top few candidates receiving interviews. Sewell said in the end, Charvet will decide which of the top candidates will serve as captain.
Once hired, the captain will start at step 16 of the pay grade, which means they will earn anywhere from $3,119 to $4,678 a month. This is one pay grade below the assistant police chief position.
Sewell added that the captain position is an interim position. He explained that after Martinez retires and the person hired as captain moves up to serve as assistant police chief no one will be hired to fill the captain position.
According to Sewell, the city hopes to have a police captain in place by early this summer.