TIPP CITY — At council’s work session Monday night, Tipp City Police Chief Eric Burris proposed the restructuring of the police department.
Burris suggested the creation of a deputy chief position, which is intended to increase opportunity for promotion within the department, and to increase patrol manpower by shifting administrative responsibilities.
The current tiers of the department start with the patrol officers and records clerks, then the sergeants and records supervisor, and finally the chief.
“This is going to increase opportunity in the department. We’re small, we have a really flat structure. That means there’s not always a lot of mobility. We hire these really good young folks who have college degrees and they want to move up, but there’s nowhere to go,” he said.
The addition of a deputy chief between the chief and the sergeants would shift some of the administrative duties off the sergeants, who would be able to spend more time with the patrol officers, Burris said.
The new position’s proposed duties would include scheduling, payroll, training, fleet management, camera data management and supervision of sergeants.
The additional first-year cost of the new position would be approximately $6,400, Burris said. This would be achieved by making some cuts and reducing the hours the department lobby is staffed; one of the records clerks will retire soon and will not be replaced.
Burris also noted that the creation of a deputy chief position would establish a possible succession plan for his replacement in the future.
In other business, council voted to update the language in the city’s code regarding bond coverage for municipal employees and heard the first reading of an ordinance amending the chapter of the code concerning employees not covered by a collective bargaining agreement.
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