Independence advances in search for police chief – The Examiner

By Mike Genet

The city of Independence has hired a search firm in its quest for a new police chief, and City Manager Zach Walker says he hopes the new chief will be chosen by June 1.

The city has hired GovHR, a recruitment company based in suburban Chicago that helps municipalities across the country with various searches.

“They do a lot of executive-type research,” Walker said, adding that the contract with GovHR was capped at $40,000 and included all recruiting materials and candidate travel expenses.

Walker said he’s aiming for a selection by June 1 so the new leader can get a bit of a grip when the next fiscal year begins July 1.

A representative from the search firm will be in Independence next week, Walker said, to have one-on-one discussions with himself, city council members, police command personnel and Fraternal Order leaders. Police Lodge No. 1 and some community representatives so that he “can get an idea of ​​what the community is looking for in their next police chief.”

Walker said while there hasn’t been a formal decision, city staff are “leaning” toward including some form of public participation in the research process.

Capt. Adam Dustman has served as the Acting Active Chief of the Independence Police Department for about a month, since Acting Chief Ken Jarnagin was furloughed in response to an investigation into alleged misuse of hours extras in the police department.

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