Maynard said he hopes to fill the last two slots by December, if not sooner.
“We’re still in the hiring process, looking at viable candidates,” he said. “And hopefully by the end of the year get some (more) people in the academy. We want to make sure we’re hiring the right people, so we are doing our due diligence.”
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The new hires filled vacancies created with recent promotions of officers. Dan Pohl and Aaron Meyer were promoted to sergeant following the promotions of Amy Mays and Greg Valandingham to major.
The promotions were made following retirements in the department’s leadership over the past several months.
Another significant change in the past several weeks came when City Council approved a change to designate the three lieutenants positions as majors, thus removing Maynard’s command staff from one of two Fairfield police unions. This impacted Ken Gerald, Valandingham and Mays.
“It was something I proposed to them,” said Maynard, “because as it stood before I was the only one on the police department that could really participate in (union) negotiations because the lieutenants were in a bargaining unit.”
That now makes the three newly minted majors able to participate in contract negotiations, and “I know have three other members of the command staff that can fill in for me because they are now non-union members.”
Fairfield Councilman Ron D’Epifanio, chair of the council’s safety committee, said Maynard has taken the police department “to the next level,” building on what retired police chief Mike Dickey had done over the previous 19 years.