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City will advertise police chief’s job

Thursday, October 10, 2013

By MICKEY POWELL - Bulletin Staff Writer

The city of Martinsville will advertise for a new police chief after a review of police department and city sheriff’s office operations showed there would be no major savings if any of their operations were combined.

City Manager Leon Towarnicki made that announcement to Martinsville City Council on Tuesday. He did not elaborate, and he did not return phone calls for comment Wednesday. His assistants said he was in meetings.

Former police chief Mike Rogers retired in July. Longtime police Capt. Eddie Cassady is serving as the interim chief.

After Rogers retired, Towarnicki said city officials would review the chief’s job and duties, as well as try to find ways to combine some services and operations of the police department and sheriff’s office to save money.

He said at the time that no recommendation to combine would be made if no significant savings were found.

He did not elaborate on that Tuesday.

The police department enforces the law, conducts investigations, performs patrols and oversees crime prevention efforts such as Neighborhood Watch. The sheriff’s office runs the city jail, serves civil papers and is responsible for security in courtrooms and elsewhere in the municipal building.

Despite having different responsibilities, Towarnicki had indicated that the two agencies have similarities in their administrative offices and record-keeping procedures that he thought might be combined.


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