The ads have been placed and the search has officially started for a new police chief for the City of Escalon.
After spending the last couple of months reviewing potential applicants for the City Manager position that was initially advertised, Escalon City Council members reversed course in September and decided to look for a full-time permanent police chief. The position is being filled right now by interim chief Milt Medeiros, who said he is not interested in taking over on a permanent basis. But with the bulk of the city’s budget going toward public safety, council members agreed the money would be better spent administratively to seek a permanent police chief rather than a city manager.
City Finance Director Tammy Alcantor is currently serving as interim city manager and council members expressed their faith in her abilities to handle the day to day operations, with assistance on an as needed basis from former interim, retiree Henry Hesling.
The ad seeking candidates for the Chief of Police position with the city indicate that the salary depends on qualifications and is subject to negotiations.
“The individual selected for this position will be a self-starter with a progressive attitude who enjoys hands-on management and the uniqueness of small-town policing,” the ad reads.
Among the requirements, a bachelor’s degree and seven years of responsible supervisory experience with a rank equivalent to police sergeant or higher. An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.
The deadline for filing an application with the city is 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15.
Council members have not set a specific date on when they want to bring the new chief on board; part of that will depend on the number and qualifications of the candidates that apply.
Application packets can be picked up at the City of Escalon office, 2060 McHenry Ave., or visit the website at www.cityofescalon.org.