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Police division looking for a few good officer applicants

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The Bexley Police Department is advertising for a new officer, as recruiting officers and maintaining adequate staffing can be challenging, Police Chief Lawrence Rinehart said.

"When someone retires, it's six months before I can even get them into training," he said at city council's Aug. 13 meeting. "That just kills me in overtime."

Rinehart said it's been especially challenging this year to maintain staffing levels because a new hire abruptly quit and at least two officers were on leave due to injuries, forcing the department to "scurry" to compile a list of potential new hires.

The annual salary for the posted officer position ranges from $45,020.35 to $77,799.07.

The beginning salary for individuals who have completed police academy training is $49,942.46.

To be considered, applicants must pay a $15 application fee, pass a written civil service examination and complete a basic physical fitness test consisting of push-ups, sit-ups and a timed 1.5-mile run.

Applicants must also have at least one year of post-high school education at a two- or four-year college and pass a background investigation, polygraph test and psychological and medical examinations.

Testing is scheduled for 8 a.m. Oct. 5 at the Bexley High School cafeteria, 326 S. Cassingham Road.

Application packets for the new position may be obtained from the police department's public documents section of the city's website, Bexley.org; from the receptionist's station at Bexley City Hall, 2242 E. Main St., from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; or any time at the Bexley Police Department, 559 N. Cassingham Road.

All application requirements must be completed and received in the office of the city auditor by noon Sept. 13.

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