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Independence City Council
February 18, 2014
INDEPENDENCE — The candidates for Independence Police Department’s new leader have been narrowed from 23 applicants to 12, said David Clyne, city manager, at the Feb. 11 council meeting.
Clyne said he hoped a round of telephone interviews on Friday will narrow it down further.
“We want to narrow it to a smaller group for onsite interviews,” he said.
Onsite interviews, complete with community gatherings, will be the first or second week of March, and give both residents and councilors a chance to meet and greet the candidates, Clyne said.
There will be comment cards available at those events for both residents and councilors to make notes.
Other law enforcement professionals, district attorneys and some civilians will be included on the interview board, Clyne said, but the hiring decision will be up to Clyne, according to the city’s charter.
Community gatherings to meet the candidates will be at St. Patrick Catholic Church, at the Independence Airport and at the Independence Public Library, times and dates to be announced.
In other business Feb. 11, the council:
• Approved a zone change and comprehensive plan map amendment to change 0.62 acres of land on River Drive from agricultural use to low density residential.
• Established an ordinance to recognize the permanence of both the Hop and Heritage Festival and Western Days. Previously, these events were established by council resolutions on an annual basis. The ordinance allows for the city council to appoint members of the event boards, including a treasurer.
• Approved an ordinance for Independence to become an “eager” member of HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) Cities. Councilman Tom Takacs asked what Independence would have to do to be considered a “fit” or “fabulous” city, rather than just “eager.” Clyne said he would look into it. Councilors approved joining HEAL Cities on the condition that they would not be forced to pass future ordinances regarding sizes of soft drinks.