He recommended to City Manager Jim Starbird that Assistant Police Chief Ron DePompa take over as interim chief for at least a year to save money.
Doyle said city executives will likely start talking about filling Adams’ position in a few weeks.
The city has two main options on how to deal with Adams’ vacancy. It can approve DePompa as the interim chief, or conduct a search to fill the chief’s spot and begin recruiting.
If the city decides to look outside the Police Department to fill the chief’s position, Doyle said “it will take several months to identify an effective candidate.”
The city’s Civil Service Commission is given the task of approving any recruitment bulletin for an open position. They don’t hire or fire city employees, Commissioner John Gantus said.
The commission has not received information from city officials on recruitment efforts for the chief’s position, he said.
The Police Department also hasn’t started changing any police positions or moving any police officials into Adams’ role, Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
But Adams is confident that DePompa and the four police captains — Ray Edey, Kirk Palmer, Lief Nicolaisen and Mike Rock — “can effectively run the department during any transition period,” Lorenz said.
He plans to work every day up to his retirement, he added.
Adams has served as the department’s top cop for nearly seven of his 37 years in law enforcement.
Before he joined the department, he held top positions at the Ventura Police Department, where he was assistant chief, and the Simi Valley Police Department, where he was chief for more than seven years.
Adams said his retirement is a much-needed break, but he has not ruled out taking on challenges at other departments.
He said he is looking forward to taking a trip to the Mediterranean with his wife, Kathleen, after retiring.
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