The City of Toledo Police Department is once again short one officer, but the city council is hoping to hire a replacement soon.
Former officer Joe McMillen turned in his resignation on April 6. His last day of working for the Toledo PD was April 22. He was hired in April, 2012, but he left the Toledo department to accept a job with the Grinnell Police Department.
In his resignation letter, McMillen requested payment of one week's vacation, personal days and compensatory time accrued during his year-long stint in Toledo. The city council unanimously approved the resignation, but tabled the payment request until Toledo Police Chief Bob Kendall returns from vacation. Kendall wrote a letter to the city council and in it, he said that the City of Grinnell will be reimbursing the City of Toledo for the remainder of McMillen's contract.
Leaves Toledo Police Force
After accepting the resignation, the city council discussed the hiring of a new officer at the April 22 meeting. Kendall wrote the council a letter recommending the council hire Jeremiah Mussman, conditionally, provided that he pass all of the necessary tests, which include required physical fitness tests, psychological examination and the Police Officer Selection Test.
Mussman is a reserve officer for the Toledo PD, but is a non-certified police officer and will need to be sent through the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy. A portion of the money from the City of Grinnell will be enough to send Mussman through the academy as he's eligible for the shortened course at Hawkeye Community College, according to Kendall's letter.
The city council debated hiring Mussman versus advertising for the position, hoping to hire an already certified officer. Those on the council that knew Mussman had high regards for him as an officer.
Toledo's city council voted to have Mussman move forward with his testing and advertise the opening, too. The council wanted to delay a hiring until Kendall returns to duty.
The city's PD went back to full strength at the beginning of September when Andrea Young was hired. The department had been struggling to get back to full strength after its former chief was fired and other officers left in March, 2012.