SAUK VILLAGE | A police chief will be hired in Sauk Village after the board voted to re-establish the position Tuesday.
The village has been without a police chief since former chief Robert Fox agreed to decline the appointment because of funding issues when the fiscal year began on Nov. 1. Former Village President Lewis Towers appointed Fox to run the Police and Fire departments and fought with board members on the decision, once even getting a court order giving him the authority to make the appointment.
Both Police and Fire departments sent letters of "no confidence" in Fox to the board at the time.
Fire Chief Alan Stoffregen has been in charge of both departments for the past 10 months, a situation that was never meant to be permanent.
The search for a new police chief will begin immediately with the help of REM Management Services, a Lansing firm specializing in management consulting and organizational development. The board approved an agreement with REM by a 5-1 vote later in Tuesday's meeting.
"I’d encourage all those interested to apply," Village President David Hanks said.
REM will assist in developing a job description, salary range, qualifications, interviews and mentoring, Hanks said. Hanks declined to offer any information regarding what kind of candidate Sauk Village is looking for.
Trustee Derrick Burgess was the lone dissenting vote on the agreement with REM, suggesting the village hire from within rather than open a search to fill the position.
"I feel that loyalty means a lot," Burgess said.