Cop changes could save city $40,000

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Kayla Bunge
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
— A reorganization of the Janesville Police Department is expected to save about $40,000, according to a news release from Police Chief Dave Moore.

The changes include:

-- Eliminating the position of patrol captain.

-- Adding the position of records supervisor, a civilian position.

-- Promoting two officers to the rank of sergeant, one to fill a vacant sergeant position and one to replace a sergeant who will retire at the end of the month.

-- Hiring one officer to fill a vacant officer position.

"This reorganization provides for the efficient administration of the police department," Moore said.

Some of the projected savings are expected to come from eliminating the higher-salary patrol captain position and creating a lower-salary records supervisor position, he said. The department also hopes to save about $17,000 in overtime that was being spent to cover the duties of vacant sergeant position that now is being filled, he said.

The reorganization provides for two deputy chiefs, Moore said. Deputy Chief Steven Kopp is in charge of investigations, community services and records. Deputy Chief Danny Davis, who previously served as patrol captain, is in charge of patrol.

Under the former organization of the department, there were two deputy chiefs, but their responsibilities were divvied up differently. Moore was in charge of investigations and patrol. Kopp was in charge of community services and records. The patrol captain also provided some assistance.

Moore said creating the records supervisor position will relieve Kopp of some duties, enabling him to oversee investigations and leave Davis solely responsible for overseeing patrol.

Police officers Todd Kleisner and Chad Pearson have been promoted to sergeant as part of the reorganization.

Kleisner has been with the department for 17 years. He has experience as a field training officer and is a certified emergency vehicle, radar and laser instructor. He also is a background investigator and a member of the department recruitment team.

Pearson has been with the department for 11 years. He has experience as a bike patrol officer and field training officer. He also is a member of the department street crimes unit.

The reorganization comes as a result of Moore moving from deputy chief to chief in late April. After the changes, the police department still will have 104 sworn officers.

Last updated: 10:47 am Thursday, December 13, 2012

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