Application deadline for new police chief nears |

Application deadline for new police chief nears

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Candidates for the South Lake Tahoe Police Department’s new chief have until 5 p.m. on June 30 to file applications.

Former police chief Terry Daniels retired in December after 26 years in the department and more than three as chief.

Captain Martin Hewlett has served as acting police chief following Daniels’ departure.

A final decision on who will become South Lake Tahoe’s new police chief will be made by South Lake Tahoe’s new city manager, said current City Manager David Jinkens in a Thursday e-mail. Jinkens is set to retire Aug. 7.

Although Jinkens initially signaled he would recruit for the police chief position, he said Thursday that he was not able to authorize the recruitment until recently. Jinkens said he will not screen police chief applicants.

The top police chief candidates are expected to be interviewed by a pair of employee panels and a technical panel to assess their qualifications, as well as undergo an “intensive background” check as part of the hiring process, Jinkens said.

The new city manager has the option of changing the hiring process, Jinkens said.

The City Council will conduct interviews of city manager candidates during closed session meetings on Sunday and Monday.

South Lake Tahoe’s new police chief will earn between $112, 730 and $137,031 annually, according to a job announcement on the city’s Web site.

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