By Conrad Dudderar
With Yukon Police searching for a new deputy chief, the department is in the process of filling openings in the patrol and communications divisions.
Applications are coming in from candidates hoping to succeed YPD Deputy Chief Mike Roach, a 46-year law enforcement veteran retiring at the end of July.
Roach has been Yukon’s deputy police chief for nearly three years.
The City of Yukon started advertising for the position in early July and applications are due July 23.
“It’s not a closed opening,” Yukon Police Chief John Corn explained. “It is open to both outside and inside candidates.
“For me, it’s always very interesting and exciting to go through a process like this.”
Applications may be submitted through the city’s website, www.yukonok.gov under the “Job Openings” tab.
Chief Corn will join a committee that includes Yukon’s city manager and human resources director to interview candidates for the deputy chief post.
One possible contender to succeed Roach as deputy chief is Maj. John Brown, who has been with the YPD since October 2004.
“It is a goal of his to be chief,” Corn shared. “That is an aspiration he and I have discussed. That’s his career goal.”
WAIT, THERE’S MORE …
Deputy chief is not the only opening being filled at the YPD.
“We’re hiring,” Chief Corn said. “We are in the middle of the process of trying to fill three sworn (officer) positions. We’re also trying to fill four communications (dispatcher) positions.
“So, we have a lot going on.”
The vacancies are due to both resignations and retirements.
The YPD has 46 sworn officer positions: Chief, deputy chief, 34 patrol officers, five investigators, four school resource officers, and one training officer.