Police Chief Connie Cooner Rowe said the position will be a welcomed addition to JPD.
“I look forward to this process,” she said. “I am ready to share some of the workload with someone. There was enough work to justify an assistant chief when I got here, but we have created even more work that has made an assistant chief necessary.”
Of the qualifications Rowe suggested to the board, only one was removed — that applicants must currently be employed by the Jasper Police Department.
“On behalf of the men inside the department who are eligible to take the test for the position, I spoke to the board at a recent work session on the benefits of having the assistant chief come from within the department,” she said. “I recognize and respect the board’s authority to set the qualifications.”
Qualifications that were approved Monday included that applicants have a minimum of 10 years experience as a full-time law enforcement officer and have at least five years experience as an upper-level supervisor in a ranked position of lieutenant or its equivalent.
The next step in the process to hire the assistant chief will be for the Jasper Civil Service Board to schedule a written test for the position. Board members had no timetable on when that test would be scheduled.
In other action from the meeting, the board:
•Approved qualifications for other positions within the police department, including captain, lieutenant, sergeant, police officer and RCT. Board members tabled approving qualifications for an administrative assistant for the police department.
•Approved qualifications for positions in the public works department for operator 1, operator 2, operator 3 and administrative assistant. The operator positions are for streets/sanitation and must be promotions from within, while the administrative assistant job will be open to the public.