The Worthington Division of Police is looking for a new leader to take over after Chief Jerry Strait retires at the end of August, according to city leaders.

City spokesperson Anne Brown said Strait's last day has not been determined but it will be in late August.

Brown said the selection process for a new chief has started, but the city has not received any applications as of June 21. Applications are due July 12, she said.

According to the application information on worthington.org, the salary of the new chief would be $125,522 per year. Brown said the salary range could vary depending on experience of the candidate selected.

Brown said Strait's salary is $125,522 per year, with a benefits package that includes required contributions to the Ohio Police & Fire Pension Fund of 19.5% of his salary (roughly $24,500) and insurance benefits ranging from $11,042 to $27,713, depending on single or family coverage.

Strait, who has been chief since replacing James Mosic in 2016, said he has no specific plans for retirement, but he plans to take a vacation with his family and wants to have more time to cook and read books.

"I've been doing this for 38 1/2 years, so it'll be kind of a culture shock," he said. "I've got a load of projects I want to work."

He said he plans to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and other organizations.

While the search is being conducted, Brown said, City Manager Matt Greeson would name an acting chief after Strait's departure.

The acting chief has not been determined.

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