Dublin Police Department's sworn staff departmental adjustments include the creation of a deputy chief of police position that Chief Heinz von Eckartsberg said will provide opportunities for leadership growth.

While the deputy chief position will focus on the daily operations of the department, von Eckartsberg said part of the reason the position was created was to ensure that someone is in place to fill the role of chief once he retires in the "not real distant" future.

"We wanted to make sure we had that covered," he said.

Dublin City Council on Dec. 3 approved a motion to waive the competitive selection process for the non-union position, so that the department could promote Lt. Justin Paez.

Compensation has not been finalized for Paez, but the base salary market range for the position is $101,000 to $148,100, said public affairs officer Lindsay Weisenauer.

Although a date hasn't been set, Paez likely will be promoted in early January, von Eckartsberg said.

Paez, who has worked at the department for 15 years, repeatedly has demonstrated his leadership ability and exceptional work, von Eckartsberg said.

Paez said he's excited about opportunities to find ways to better serve the community and appreciates the support the department has received from the city and the community.

"This is the first step in agency leaders moving into new positions and developing new ways of serving the community to meet the challenges ahead," he said.

The police department will promote a sergeant to fill Paez's lieutenant role, and in turn promote a corporal to fill the open sergeant position, von Eckartsberg said.

The department will promote four officers to corporal, von Eckartsberg said -- one to replace the corporal promoted to sergeant and three additional ones.

The three new corporals will work in the field, within the police department's Support Services Bureau, and will oversee the Community Education Unit, the Community Impact Unit and the detective section, von Eckartsberg said. The three new positions will give those areas more consistent supervisory capabilities in the field during investigation, surveillance operations, search warrant executions, school policing and other community education events.

Many times when the Community Impact Unit operations within the traffic unit and street crime investigations are active simultaneously, the sergeant assigned to that unit isn't able to oversee both operations at the same time, von Eckartsberg said.

A corporal added to this unit will enable the department to ensure supervisors are overseeing both investigations at the same time, he said.

"It's actually going to help us," he said.

The fourth corporal who will fill the vacancy left from a corporal's promotion to sergeant will be responsible for patrol, von Eckartsberg said.

The police department this year has six corporals, and beginning in 2019 it will have nine, von Eckartsberg said.

The total number of sworn staff -- 72 members -- will remain the same.

"We're promoting from within our current sworn staff," von Eckartsberg said.

The promotional changes won't impact the police department's operational budget, von Eckartsberg said, because the department made some strategic cuts in operating expenses to compensate.

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