The city of Riverside will begin reviewing 35 applications next week for the police chief opening that was vacated July 31 when Mark Reiss left to take a job in Michigan.
City Manager Bryan Chodkowski said the city’s goal is to hire Reiss’ replacement by mid-September and have the new police chief start in early October.
A “short list” of candidates will be determined by the end of next week, and interviews are expected to take place the weeks of Sept. 2 and 9, Chodkowski said. The salary range is $73,000 to $82,000.
“Once we spend some quality time reviewing these guys, the good ones tend to rise to the top,” Chodkowski said. “It’s not just about enforcing the law and solving crime. That is important, but there is an element of law enforcement that involves quality of life issues. We want someone to take the progress Chief Reiss made and extend it.”
The city accepted resumes for the position through July 31. Of the 35 applicants — who are from all over the country — 12 are from the region.
They are: John Milstead (security manager, Dayton Metro Library); Michael Tenore (investigator, Montgomery County Prosecutor); David Friend (police chief, Amelia); Charles Kash (sergeant, Huber Heights); Michael Wilhelm (lieutenant, Dayton); Jack Barnhart (former special agent for U.S. Department of State, Urbana resident); Frank Robinson (lieutenant, Monroe); Jeffrey Witte (shift commander, University of Dayton Department of Public Safety); Charles Taylor (sergeant, Huber Heights); Kevin Corey (police chief, Lincoln Heights); Curtis Hensley (sergeant, Clearcreek Twp.); and Michael Varner (captain, Springfield).
“We want someone with good leadership qualities and who will take the police force we have now and continue to improve on it,” Mayor Bill Flaute said. “We’ve got a good force right now that’s working together like I have not seen in the history of the city.”
Reiss, a West Michigan native, was hired as the new public safety director for the city of Greenville, Mich. He had been Riverside’s police chief since the fall of 2008.
Sgt. Jeffrey Trego is serving as the interim police chief.
There are a total of 28 employees in the city’s police department, which has a $3.83 million budget this year, Chodkowski said.