Quincy, MI (WTVB) - The Quincy Village Council last night approved the creation of the chief of police position and has set a starting salary of $45,000. The job is being posted today with applications due by a week from tomorrow, December 27th.
Village Manager Eric Zuzga says interviews will be held in January with a public hearing scheduled for January 15th to allow additional public input bringing back a police department to the village, which has been without one since late 2002. Over the past decade, police protection and response in the Village has been handled by the Branch County Sheriff’s Department. However, with a number of road patrol deputies expected to be laid off January First and the Sheriff’s Department facing budget cuts, the Village decided it was time to move in another direction. If the Village Council determines that having their own police department is still in the best interest of the community after the public hearing, a chief will then be hired as soon as possible. Zuzga says if the concept is not endorsed by the town’s folks, they will not have gone too far in the process and can reconsider other options.