Hillsboro City council approves additional positions for police dept.

New Hillsboro Chief of Police Jessey Hiebert is already busy implementing changes according to City Administrator Matt Stiles at the city council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 16.

“According to Chief Hiebert, he plans on filling the assistant chief position with Randy Brazil. Chief also wants to bring back the sergeant position that has been unfilled for the last several years. The sergeant position would be placed in charge of patrol and have additional duties along with patrol functions. Chief Hiebert plans to promote John Huebert to the sergeant rank,” Stiles said.

The job descriptions for assistant chief and sergeant, as well as one for police officer, have not been reviewed for almost seven years so it was time to review and approve them.

“With the promotions in the department, an advertisement for the vacant police officer position is out

there. Hiring police officers is challenging, but in the current environment, it is especially challenging.

We believe that HPD will have an easier time recruiting based on reputation, but it will be difficult to

attract more than a handful of quality candidates,” said Stiles.

Stiles pointed out that the Sergeant’s position does include a pay increase, however the amount should

be in the operating budget. The current advertised range for the police officer position is $19.00-

$22.00 per hour.

The council voted to approve the job descriptions for assistant police chief, police sergeant and

police officer.

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