Hilliard's new safety director said accountability and transparency are his mantras.

Jim Mosic officially will step into the role July 30.

"I've always had a passion for law enforcement. ... There is no greater or honorable profession than that of a police officer," said Mosic, 57, who lives in Dublin with his wife, Jenny, a nurse for Columbus City Schools.

As Hilliard's safety director, Mosic said, he "will engage the community (and) improve the quality of life of residents."

It will be achieved, he said, through "effective and efficient service" and by keeping the trust of the community with "accountability and transparency."

The position of safety director is "under the direct supervision of the mayor" and "is responsible for the administration of operation of the (Hilliard) Division of Police," according to a job description provided by Doug Francis, Hilliard's former police chief and current director of internet technology and communications.

The job description said safety director is "a part-time position appointed by the mayor" and primary responsibilities are related to the police division. For the latter, 19 work functions were listed as examples of duties performed, which included directing and overseeing operations of the police division; developing standard operating guidelines and procedures, supervising and evaluating Chief Bobby Fisher; reviewing recommended changes in organizational structure and staffing; and attending meetings with command staff, agency staff and director-level staff.

The Norwich Township Fire Department is not subject to the supervision of the safety director, Francis said.

Mosic most recently served as safety director of the Reynoldsburg Division of Police.

Prior to that, he was a 32-year veteran of the Worthington Division of Police, where he served with Francis.

Francis was a Worthington lieutenant before being named Hilliard's first deputy chief in 2009. He was promoted to chief in 2010.

Mosic served as Worthington police chief for more than five years, retiring in May 2016.

Julia Baxter, Hilliard's human-resources director, said she recommended the appointment of Mosic "based on his impressive background and experience, in addition to his ideology and demeanor."

"(Mosic) believes that the police are the public and that the public are the police. That belief is consistent with the Hilliard Division of Police's community-policing approach, which (has been) advocated for years," she said.

Baxter and said she and Mayor Don Schonhardt interviewed two finalists, who each were "imminently qualified." The other finalist was Rob Geis, a former Dublin police chief.

The interviewing process included Hilliard City Council President Al Iosue and Councilman Nathan Painter, chairman of the safety committee.

While in Worthington, Mosic said, he supported community efforts, such as the local food pantry, and would continue to do so in Hilliard, including personal efforts to guide families out of the throes of drug addiction.

Mosic is the city's first appointed safety director since Pamela Fox resigned as Hilliard's safety and law director in 2012 to become law director in Worthington.

At the time, Schonhardt verbally informed City Council he was assuming the duties of the safety director in an acting capacity as permitted in the city charter, law director Tracy Bradford said.

Schonhardt was not appointed safety director and was not compensated beyond his salary as mayor while acting as safety director, Bradford said.

Schonhardt served as acting safety director until December 2017, when he said a search would commence to identify a person with the "knowledge and skill sets" for appointment.

The city charter requires there be a safety director, according to Bradford, though it not clear how soon a safety director must be named after the position becomes vacant.

The annual salary range for a safety director, a part-time position, is $32,000 to $68,377 and as a part-time position, no insurance benefits are offered, according to David Delande, the city's finance director.

A conditional offer of employment sent to Mosic included an annual salary of $62,000, Baxter said.

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