Rockwall Police Department is looking for something new — an assistant chief.

The department is down a sergeant and two lieutenants, which has decreased the number of experienced supervisors. Police Chief Mark Moeller planned to include the new position in next year’s budget due to growth in the city and police department — and a related growth in the workload — but recently gained City Council approval to add a senior administrator this year.

“It makes us a little more efficient, not so much from the daily operations end of it, but in administration,” the chief said. “It gives us another senior manager. That will help with the administration side of things.”

As advertised with the Texas Municipal League, the purpose of the position is to assist the chief in implementing departmental long- and short-range plans. There is also supervisory duties, as well as monitoring the department’s daily operations, assisting in budget preparation and monitoring of expenditures, reviewing grants and reviewing policies.

“With another senior administrator here, it will allow a little more flexibility with time away from the job,” Moeller said.

The city requires a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement, criminal justice or a closely related field, supplemented by 10 years experience that includes three years at command level supervision. Other preferred qualifications include an instructor’s certificate, Texas peace officers license and advanced Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education certificate.

The advertised salary range is $73,715 to $98,990.

Moeller hopes to have someone in place by May 1.

Rockwall had an assistant chief at one point in Bill Watkins, who worked for former Chief Bruce Beaty, Moeller said.

The department had to get approval from the council since the position is not in this year’s budget. Moeller had proposed upgrading one of the lieutenant slots for the assistant chief position for this year. The lieutenant would be added back in to next year’s budget.

There were enough savings in this year’s budget from vacant positions to go ahead and simply add the new position, the chief said.

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