Moss hired as fulltime Ferguson police chief
...In a unanimous vote, the members of the Ferguson City Council opted to hire Police Chief David Moss on a non-interim basis during a special-called meeting Monday night.Moss was hired as interim police chief in September, as Ferguson was under the looming shadow of a vote calling for the dissolution of the city government.Moss had previously served as Ferguson police chief for two and a half years, and was let go shortly after former Ferguson Mayor Jim Muse took office in 2003.
has plenty more law enforcement experience, including five years as police chief of Burnside
, approximately three as a deputy with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department
, nine years with Pulaski County Government as Animal Control Officer, and two and a half years at the Pulaski County Detention Center
.Councilor Janie Ping made the motion to keep Moss on board, while Wanda Hunt seconded the motion.
While the decision to keep Moss
was made within a couple of minutes, making a decision on his
benefit package couldn't be concluded by meeting's end.No decision was made about Moss' salary or other benefits, and the matter was given to the police committee for further investigation.The newly-hired police chief asked that he get a raise that would put him at the salary of the last police chief. Moss asked that his salary be the same as the last chief of police - $27,500 annually - starting January 1, 2008, but said that he does not need his health insurance paid for, as it is already covered through his retirement.He
also requested that instead of being paid overtime, he
could make up the extra hours by taking time off.
"I can assure you there is a lot of court time coming up over the next couple months," said Moss
, noting that because of arrests he
has made he
would be going to court on those cases."I'm hoping after the next couple of months that will all be over."
At the last council meeting, Moss
reported that he
had made five felony arrests and two misdemeanor arrests since taking over as chief.
isn't interested in a position where the city is looking for someone to act as a security guard.He explained that a police officer is an investigator, a servant, and performs traffic stops and neighborhood watches.
noted that even if they hire someone else at a lower salary - perhaps $23,000 or $24,000 - and then have to pay insurance, city officials would be right where they started.
"I'm not saying there's not someone else who can do it," said Moss
, " (but) I feel like I'm worth just as much as the last person." Moss
also said he
didn't expect sick time, but noted he
is getting older, and that health problems are often unpredictable.
A decision regarding Moss' benefits will be made at the January Ferguson
City Council meeting.
...Ferguson Mayor Allen Dobbs and Police Chief David Moss shook hands following the special meeting of the Ferguson City Council Monday night.
was hired on a full-time basis at the meeting; however, the council will discuss his
benefits more in-depth at the January council meeting.