After three months of thought, Thomaston City Manager Patrick Comiskey has decided to look outside the Thomaston Police Department for a new police chief. Comiskey was asked by news media after the Thomaston City Council meeting on August 4 about the job search.
“We’re going to do an outside search,” he said. “We just officially posted it (the ad) last Friday. We were considering just only opening it to the people inside the department, but we decided we’re going to open it out to anyone, basically.”
Former Thomaston Police Chief Dan Greathouse resigned in April to take a position with the Regional Organized Crime Information Center. Since his resignation, the department has been under the command of Captain Sidney Corley.
A portion of the advertisement posted for the police chief position lists the following requirements:
“The police chief applicant should be a Georgia P.O.S.T. certified police officer at the time of application. All applicants may be subject to an evaluation process that includes a background investigation. The background check will include a credit examination, criminal history, driving record check, previous employment review, and a review of any other information deemed appropriate. Applicants must be able to obtain a Georgia driver’s license and be coverable by the city’s liability insurance carrier prior to a job offer.
“The candidate will be evaluated on his/her education and experience in law enforcement, management, and leadership. The Georgia Police Chiefs Association will assist the city manager in reviewing candidates. Several of the candidates will be selected to attend the Selection Assessment Center of the Georgia Police Chiefs Association, which will be used to evaluate candidates’ qualifications and abilities for this position.
“The police chief reports to and is accountable to the city manager. The successful candidate should have good financial management skills and is expected to operate the police department within the budget utilizing the resources available within approved spending guidelines and staffing levels.
“The police chief represents the Police Department and must be accessible to the public. The successful applicant should have strong communication skills, exceptional interpersonal skills and a positive track record in motivating people. The police chief is responsible for enforcing discipline and city policies in a uniform and consistent manner.
“The successful candidate will be required to submit to a post-employment-offer fitness for duty medical examination and a drug screen. The selected individual must successfully complete all required training, including that required by OCGA 35-8-20-1.”
Comiskey said they hope to have the new police chief in office by the end of the year.
“The applications are due the middle of September,” he said. “We’re going to be working with the Georgia Police Chiefs Association. They are going to be doing a process to screen applicants for us.
I’ll make the recommendation to the mayor and council, and they will either approve or disapprove it.”
Larry Stanford may be reached at 706-647-5414 or on Twitter @LarryStanford7.