Royal Oak set to appoint new police chief next month – Daily Tribune
A new Royal Oak Police Chief is being recruited into the department.
“I plan to fill the position of chief by the middle of February,” City Manager Paul Brake told city commissioners Monday night.
In Royal Oak, the City Manager appoints the Directors of City Services.
The city commission on Monday authorized Brake’s application to fill the positions of city police chief and chief financial officer.
Julie Rudd, Chief Financial Officer of Royal Oak, is retiring at the end of next week. She will work for the city part-time until June to help with the budget and transition.
The city hires a municipal recruitment firm, Gov HR, to conduct a search for the next chief financial officer.
However, Brake said a consultant would not be needed to hire the next police chief because a new chief will be hired from within the ranks of the department.
A likely favorite to become police chief is acting police chief Michael Moore, although Brake did not mention the names of any candidates to become the next chief during Monday’s meeting.
Moore, 44, has spent his entire career in law enforcement with the Royal Oak Police Department.
He was named acting police chief after former longtime police chief Corrigan O’Donohue officially retired in early December when his contract with the city expired.
O’Donohue, a 29-year veteran of the city police, continues to work as a consultant for the department until May.
In a memo to city commissioners, Brake said work to select a new police chief was already underway.
“Currently, active efforts to gather information from police department employees and other stakeholders on the desired skills and attributes of the next (police chief) to lead this important public safety agency are underway. “Brake said in the memo.
Moore is a former deputy chief who was named acting chief immediately after O’Donohue left.
The acting chief has worked at the Royal Oak Police Service for more than two decades.
Moore started as a patrol officer and later became a detective, Drug Enforcement Administration task officer, sergeant, lieutenant, and commanding officer of the Professional Standards Unit.
In an interview last month with the Tribune, Moore said police work has changed from the days when residents only called in the police for crime-related work.
“Our officers wear so many different hats,” he said, from marriage mediators to helping parents and sometimes offering a smiley face to someone in need.
“What’s important are communication skills,” Moore said. “That’s what we constantly insist on with our staff: communication and customer service.”
While selecting a new police chief is a local internal matter, finding a new CFO to replace Rudd is expected to take longer and be more difficult.
City Commissioner Patricia Paruch said there are many state rules and requirements for acquiring the expertise of a municipal finance manager.
“They’re not a dime a dozen,” Paruch said, “and not every CPA could do” the job.
City officials said they expect there will be a limited pool of candidates who would apply for the position of chief financial officer, which is why the city is hiring a national recruitment consultant.
There is a high demand for CFOs, and city officials said the search process is likely to take up to six months.