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City Council to discuss possible interim police chief position

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The Auburn Police Department could be seeing some changes in its staff extending beyond the retirement of Chief Valerie Harris. On Monday the City Council is set to analyze and possibly approve the department’s budget for fiscal year 2012 as well as the appointment of Capt. John Ruffcorn to chief. According to the city, the police department’s budget includes the freezing of the captain position and the creation of a new administrative sergeant position to support the chief and department. The structure change is expected to save the city $120,000 a year, according to city documents. City Manager Bob Richardson is also recommending the city have an interim police chief position to fill in when the new chief is “unable or unavailable to perform his duties,” according to the city. Harris has agreed to step into this role should the need arise during the two year contract, and would receive $2,551.60 per week of employment with the city, according to city documents. Also on the City Council agenda: • A review of the Auburn Fire Department’s operations • A possible adoption of Ruffcorn’s chief employment agreement • A public hearing to levy an annual assessment fee for Auburn’s business improvement districts ~Staff report