Search for new chief begins

Rick DeClue · Thursday, April 11, 2013
Mayor Chad Thomas and the city council offered thanks to West Liberty Police Chief P.J. Brewer at the April 3 meeting, as thoughts turned to finding a replacement.

Brewer is resigning effective April 11 to pursue opportunities outside of law enforcement and security. After about 20 years with the Cedar County Sheriff’s Department and eight years in West Liberty – the last six and a half as chief – he will be joining the management of a heating and air conditioning company.

Advertisement for a new chief has already begun, according to city manager Chris Ward. Along with newspapers in West Liberty, Muscatine and the Quad Cities, the position was posted with the Iowa League of Cities and the Iowa Police Chief Forum. Applications are due by April 26.

Thomas said he expects the new chief to maintain the department’s orientation to community policing by “getting out of cars and knowing people.”

He added that promoting from within is a possibility. Thomas feels that several officers on the force may be qualified.

“If they choose to apply, they will be considered with any other candidates,” he said.

The mayor has met with captain Michael Meier and the city’s other officers. Meier will serve as acting police chief beginning on April 11. Previously announced plans to cut one officer position will depend on...

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