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Flossmoor continues search for new police chief

Flossmoor is seeking applications for a new police chief by Aug. 5.
The village is looking statewide for candidates and has hired the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to assist with the search process.
The police chief in Flossmoor is appointed by the mayor with the advice and consent of the village board, and he or she reports directly to the village manager. 
Village Manager Bridget Wachtel said the IACP will continue to assist with the recruitment process after the application deadline. 
Candidates will be sent interview questions and narrowed down to five who will be invited to participate in a final assessment, she said.
Mayor Paul Braun will then be tasked with recommending a candidate to the board. The process will likely result in an appointment around the beginning of October, Wachtel said.
Former Police Chief Mike Pulec retired in May after a 33-year career in law enforcement, and Deputy Chief Tod Kamleiter has been serving as acting police chief in the interim. Pulec had been police chief since 2013.
A description of the job was listed on various job boards on July 11, including the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, the Illinois Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the Illinois Municipal League, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, the Illinois City Managers Association and the Hispanic Police Officers Association.
The advertisement states that a police chief is needed to lead the department of 21 sworn officers and 20 civilian employees, and the salary will range from $111,246 to $139,058 annually.
The advertisement also links to the village website for a more detailed job description.
Village officials prefer that the selected candidate live in Flossmoor within one year of becoming police chief, according to the description.
Duties will include staff training, overseeing the labor-management relationship and preparing the department to respond to emerging trends and issues. Desired skills include experience with budgeting, long-range planning, computer use and  public speaking, according to the description.

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