By BRIAN BOHNERT
The search for the new top cop at Fostoria Police Department officially began Tuesday when Fostoria City Council approved a job description for the vacant chief of police position.
Council suspended the three-reading rule Tuesday evening to accept the city’s job description for a direct successor to former chief John McGuire, who retired from the position last month.
With the hunt to fill the position now under way, Mayor Eric Keckler said the next step is to advertise the vacant job and put together a committee to narrow down the search to three candidates who will then be selected by council.
The committee will consist of Keckler, Safety Service Director Allyson Murray, one councilperson, a member of Fostoria Civil Service Commission, a police officer from a recognized division/department and a member of the public not associated with the city.
If only a small number of candidates apply for the chief job, Keckler said the committee makes the final choice, not council.
“We don’t want to be in a hurry,” Keckler said. “We want to make sure we get everybody who is qualified so we get as many interested candidates as possible; but, we don’t want to keep dragging out any longer than it needs to.”
According to the official position description, the successful candidate must have a minimum of 10 years as a full-time Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy certified peace officer with a city/county/state police division/department, or 15 years as a part-time officer at a village police division/department.
A bachelor’s degree (or higher) or 15 years of relevant life experience such as military police work, village/city police service, or time as a police instructor is also required.
While the process of accepting applications has yet to begin, Fostoria Police Capt. Patrick Brooks previously expressed his interest in the position. Brooks has served as the interim head of the police department after McGuire took a medical leave of absence more than a year ago.
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