Sunnyside started actively searching for a new police chief last week with the goal of having the now vacant position filled by Jan. 1, 2013.
"We didn't want to bring one on until the 2013 budget (was in place)," explained Interim City Manager Frank Sweet. Due to the budget crisis the city has been going through, Sweet decided to delay the search in order to save the city some money.
"Starting now will give us time to receive applications, interviewing time in November and time to negotiate an offer in December," said Sweet.
The search for a new police chief is being conducted nationwide, with the position being posted on a national job search website as well as placed in newspapers around the Northwest, including Yakima, the Tri-Cities and Portland.
Anna Bullock, human resources officer for the city of Sunnyside, said the city has already received two applications for the position of police chief, both from out of state.
Bullock said she gave a courtesy call to Deputy Chief Phil Schenck, who was on vacation, before posting the position.
"I didn't want him to see about it from the newspaper," she said. Many in Sunnyside thought Schenck would be the favored candidate for the job, but he has not submitted an application.
"I do not intend to apply for the position," said Schenck.
In addition to hiring a new police chief, the city has been interviewing for a new finance director and has contracted with a new law firm.