by Caitlin Huston
The Logansport Police Department is looking for a new officer after the resignation of one of its new hires.
Scott Imler, who started with the department Aug. 13, resigned effective Jan. 16, according to Police Chief Mike Clark. As the department looks for an officer to fill his spot, Mayor Ted Franklin said the city may have to offer more money to be more desirable for candidates.
Imler was still on the one-year probationary period required for all new hires. Clark said he could not discuss the reason behind the resignation, calling it a personnel issue.
Clark said the department is working to hire more officers.
“We’re still in the process,” Clark said.
Before hiring, all police department officers must go through what Franklin calls an “extensive” screening process, including physical tests, background checks and a polygraph test. Franklin said he believes this helps ensure the department has good candidates.
“I think we’re doing everything we can do right now,” Franklin said.
Because of the high expectations for officers, Franklin said the city may have to offer more money to obtain the candidates it wants.
“If we’re going to hire the cream of the crop to be law enforcement officers, we’re going to have to pay more,” Franklin said.
Franklin said he was disappointed to learn of Imler’s resignation.
“I’m disappointed that he resigned, but in the end, I understand,” Franklin said.
Caitlin Huston is a staff reporter of the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5148 or firstname.lastname@example.org.