Milpitas continues interview process for new police chief

Despite initial plans to have someone in place by this summer, Milpitas is continuing its search for a new police chief, but has yet to release a timeline for when a person will be installed as the city’s next top cop.

Tina Murphy, the city’s Human Resources director, said via email on Friday that Southern California-based executive recruiting firm Teri Black & Company LLC was hired to conduct the chief of police recruitment.

“The firm has completed initial interviews and we are working on next steps with them,” Murphy added.

She said the contract with Teri Black was “not to exceed $18,000 in professional fees, plus reimbursement of related expenses (not to exceed $9,000).”

The city has looked to find that new person since Police Chief Steve Pangelinan offered his retirement on Dec. 30, after 30 years on the force — four of those years leading the department. Pangelinan will serve as interim police chief until a permanent person can be found.

In May, Pangelinan also became acting city manager when former City Manager Tom Williams was put on paid administrative leave. Following Williams’ retirement via resignation last month while being investigated for misuse of public funds, Pangelinan was re-appointed as acting city manager while the city conducts another recruitment to find a new city manager.

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On Oct. 3, the City Council voted unanimously to approve Pangelinan to serve as acting city manager in addition to interim police chief for no more than 40 hours a week, 960 hours total per year. The panel also approved an hourly rate of $115.38 per hour as interim police chief and $123.83 per hour as acting city manager.

In June, Pangelinan said he did not know when a new police …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

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