CADILLAC — The city is in the process of advertising for a new director of public safety and the qualifications they have established for the position are quite formidable.
On Aug. 21, the Cadillac City Council voted 3-0, with council members Tiyi Schippers and Robert Engels not present, to establish the position of director of public safety and to abolish the position of chief of police.
The decision came after former Chief of Police Todd Golnick announced he would be retiring from his position.
Cadillac City Manager Marcus Peccia said the decision by city council to create a director of public safety brings the organization back to a structure that it had previously for 15-20 years.
Recently, the Cadillac Civil Service Commission approved the qualifications of the new position after consulting with the fire department, police department and staff.
Civil Service Commission President Dan Moriarty commented that their goal is to find someone with the best qualifications for the position.
The advertisement sent out by the city states the following: “This position is responsible for a wide variety of complex administrative, supervisory and professional duties. The nature of this work is advanced law enforcement and fire services such as the prevention, detection and investigation of criminal acts, the apprehension and arrest of law violators, the safeguarding of lives and property, the planning, organizing, assigning, conducting and evaluating the financial and business operations of the Public Safety Department, and coordinating activities between the Department, its functional areas, and other agencies.”
As part of the qualifications, applicants must possess the following set of credentials: associate’s degree in criminal justice, fire science, public or business administration, or related field; five years as a command…