December 22, 2014

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Police chief to take charge again in Brunswick

For the second time in three years, Police Chief Carl DeForest will serve as interim city manager, Brunswick Councilwoman Pat Hanek, at large, said.

DeForest will stand in for City Manager Jim Lukas, who announced his resignation, effective Aug. 2, earlier this month.

Because Lukas is taking vacation during his final week, his last day on the job is July 26, said Hanek, who also serves as vice mayor.

She said City Council is expected to name DeForest interim city manager on Monday — the final Council meeting before a scheduled August recess.

“I have confidence in Carl and I think he’ll do a great job,” she said.

Hanek said Council members wanted to appoint a city employee to the temporary position, but rules require the candidate to have eight years of administrative experience, which limits the qualified applicant pool.

DeForest has experience serving in the double-role of police chief/interim city manager. He served as interim city manager for about 10 months — from May 2010 to February 2011 — while Council conducted a search for a city manager before appointing Lukas to the position in February 2011.

DeForest could not be reached for comment Friday evening.

Before Monday’s meeting, Council members will meet in executive session during a Committee of the Whole meeting to discuss a plan for searching for a permanent city manager.

Council typically is on recess for all of August, but Hanek said members may cut their break short to move the appointment process along.

“We may have to meet just to move this forward,” she said.

In other action Monday, Council is expected to vote on two ordinances covering the purchases of two cabs and chassis and two dump/plow sets for the city’s Service Department. The two vehicles would replace trucks that are 23 years old, Hanek said.

The total cost for the two new trucks comes to $268,440.

Council meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall, 4095 Center Road.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.