Gary’s new top cop meets with Police Civil Service Commission
Post-Tribune staff report August 8, 2014 11:08AM
Gary Police Chief Larry McKinley | Supplied photo
Updated: September 10, 2014 6:06AM
GARY — The Gary Police Civil Service Commission welcomed newly appointed Chief Larry McKinley on Thursday night to his first meeting in his new post.
McKinley was promoted from deputy chief last week, replacing outgoing Chief Wade Ingram, who resigned.
McKinley thanked the board and said he looked forward to working with the commission “to move the department forward.”
At last month’s meeting, Ingram said the commission should consider launching the hiring process again, predicting the current list will be exhausted by January.
Ten recruits are in field training, and about 14 more are expected to begin academy training in November. The city hoped to get them ready for a session that began Monday but was unable to complete the process.
McKinley told the board he agreed with Ingram’s assessment.
Although there were no resignations on the board’s agenda Thursday night, more are expected. The roster lists about 219 officers and about 20 of those are on some form of extended leave. A full complement is 235.
Job candidates can obtain applications for about 90 days beginning next month, the board decided.
Administrator Angela Brown said that while about 200 applications for reserve officers had been distributed, only five have been completed and returned. She asked the commission to postpone scheduling written and physical agility tests for reserves for at least a month, hoping more people will respond.