The city of Riverside will be interviewing a third candidate for its police chief opening.
Mike Varner, a captain with the Springfield Police Department, is scheduled to be interviewed Oct. 3, according to Riverside City Manager Bryan Chodkowski.
Riverside interviewed two candidates — Ronald Krueger and Frank Robinson — on Sept. 10.
“It’s an important position, an important hire,” Chodkowski said. “We want to make sure we hire the best fit for this department and community. Frank and Ron did very well, but we want to make sure we’ve vetted all the candidates who are fully qualified and who we think might be a good fit.”
Chodkowski said it’s “highly likely” the city will follow up with a second interview with one or two of the candidates. The city would like to make a decision by mid-October and have the new police chief start in early November, he said.
Varner, 47, has been with Springfield police since 1993 and a captain since 2009. He graduated earlier this year from the University of Cincinnati with a master’s degree in criminal justice, with a concentration in crime prevention. Last year, he received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and administration from Tiffin University.
“With my experience and college education, I have a lot to offer,” said Varner, a Beavercreek High School graduate and Clark County resident. “I believe I might bring something of benefit to the city of Riverside.”
Krueger, 54, is the former police chief in Rockledge, Fla., and now resides in New Haven, Ind. Robinson, 48, has been with the Monroe Police Department since 1994 and a lieutenant since 2008.
The city accepted resumes for the position through July 31. Of the 35 applicants it received from all over the country, 12 were from the region.
The salary range is $73,000 to $82,000.
The police chief position was vacated July 31 when Mark Reiss left to take a job in Michigan. 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.