Winfield sets salary, job qualifications for town marshal

2014-05-13T20:37:00Z 2014-05-14T23:49:24Z Winfield sets salary, job qualifications for town marshalSusan Erler, (219) 662-5336

WINFIELD | Help-wanted ads will go out soon for the town's first police official.

The Town Council on Tuesday finalized minimum job qualifications, duties and standard operating procedures for a town marshal, authorizing a salary of between $40,000 and $50,000 for the post.

"We don't want it to become a financial burden on the town," Council President Gerald Stiener said of the salary.

Hopes are to fill the position as soon as possible, though no deadline was set.

"We want to make sure we get the right person," Stiener said.

The council established the town marshal and deputy marshal positions in February, giving Winfield its own law enforcement capability for the first time since its 1993 incorporation.

The marshal won't replace existing police protection services by the Lake County Sheriff's Department under contract with the town, but rather will add another layer of public safety, officials said.

Duties include preventive police patrol, community policing activities, criminal investigations, car crash investigations and first responder responsibilities.

Town laws providing for enforcement will be put in place next, Steiner said.

Sheriff John Buncich said he supports the move and in March told town officials he will make sure the transition is a smooth one.

The initial hire will be of a town marshal only and not a deputy marshal. The marshal will work under the general supervision of the council.

Minimum job qualification set out by ordinance adopted Tuesday call for the marshal to be certified by the state police academy and have at least five years active police service.

Other required skills include certifications with state-mandated law enforcement training programs, knowledge of local ordinances and state and federal law, and experience interacting with local government bodies, among other skills.

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