Police chief panel on town agenda

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— The Oak Creek Board of Trustees is expected to pick a hiring committee Thursday night to help find the next chief of police, and board members will discuss annexing South Arthur.

Oak Creek Town Manager Ray Leibensperger said the town received 23 resumes for the vacant police chief position.

"We didn't expect this type a response," Leibensperger said.

At the Town Board's last meeting two weeks ago, trustees decided to table the appointment of the hiring committee after being told that six police officers from Routt and Moffat counties had volunteered to be on the panel. Trustees couldn't come to a consensus on whether they wanted all six officers on the committee and if business owners and town residents should be included.

In a memo that Leibensperger sent to the trustees last week, he outlined what he thought would work best. The memo suggested that each trustees pick eight out of the 23 applicants. Then Leibensperger would choose the six that received the most votes.

From there, a hiring committee, which Leibensperger suggested to be all six police officers and one business owner, would interview the applicants by phone. The trustees would monitor those interviews. Then the trustees and the hiring committee would pick two finalists. From there, both groups would work out a decision, with the trustees having the final say.

"Whether or not they'll do it that way, I don't know," Leibensperger said Tuesday.

The chief's job became vacant after Dan Kelliher resigned last month to take a job as a county deputy. Leibensperger said the town expects to have someone hired by the middle of May.

After the trustees make a final decision on the hiring committee, the board will move into a work session and discuss annexing South Arthur, an area south of the old kayak factory, into the town limits. The issue came up after a request came to the town to open a meat packing company in that area.

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