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Stockbridge moves forward with police department

STOCKBRIDGE — The city of Stockbridge forged ahead with its plans to create its own police department Monday night.

The council approved three ordinances with no real discussion that will allow for the creation of the Stockbridge Police Department, establish the department’s duties and functions and seek its new police chief and IT director.

One ordinance amends city code to allow the police department to be listed as an established department alongside the existing administrative, water, sewerage, sanitation and public works departments.

A second ordinance gives the police department law enforcement functions and duties as permitted by the city charter and Georgia Law. The city charter allows Stockbridge to exercise the “power of arrest” through appointed police officers and establish, operate or contract a policy agency.

The third ordinance defines the job title and major duties for the new IT director and police chief positions.

However, there was no proposed salary discussed in the regular meeting or listed in the documents for the IT director, but Mayor Pro Tem Richard Steinburg did ask if the proposed salary would be attractive to someone with the necessary skills.

According to city documents, the IT director will be employed full time and is expected to operate all aspects of information technology for the organization, strategic planning, budgeting, business process and control management and more.

The employee will be expected to report to the city manager.

The work involves the overall planning and implementation of ongoing and growth factors in the city’s information technology needs.

The police chief will be also be a full time employee and be responsible for directing, planning, managing and coordinating all the activities and operations of the Stockbridge Police Department.

“The main function of this position is to protect life and property, preserve the peace, prevent crime, detect and arrest violators of the law and to enforce all federal, state and local laws,” according to city documents.

City Manager David Milliron said the police chief will be his “second in command” at the Aug. 6 work session and will report to him.

According to city documents, the city is prepared to pay the police chief a salary between $74,492 and $108,807.