Not all sergeants are created equal in the Superior police department.
Patrol sergeants are the frontline supervisors for the city’s patrol division.
The sergeant who works with investigations has tasks and responsibilities over and above the supervision of the detectives, according to Police Chief Nicholas Alexander.
Now, the city is going to change that. Those additional duties will be recognized as the detective sergeant is reclassified as the division lieutenant. The Human Resources Committee approved the change Monday, Aug. 19.
“Back in 2015, I came to this body to seek the reclassification of the traffic sergeant to lieutenant,” Alexander said. He said the justification was the position had additional duties such as working closely with traffic court, fleet management and technology in squad cars, which warranted moving it to a lieutenant.
Similarly, the detective sergeant works closely with specialty courts like drug court, sexual assault and domestic abuse response teams and oversees the evidence room in addition to directing the detective bureau, Alexander said.
Alexander sought the change as the city recruits to fill the position after the detective sergeant retired.
“Anyone moving into it is going to see a somewhat substantial raise,” Alexander said.
However, the position would no longer be eligible for overtime, said Cammi Koneczny, human resources director.
Alexander said the detective sergeant last year earned about $8,000 in overtime pay in addition to regular wages.
The measure would save the city a little bit of money, Alexander said.
The change in the position also creates a change in the department’s organizational structure for its top-ranking officers.
The traffic lieutenant, which previously reported to the assistant police chief, will now report to the captain of the patrol division, and the investigations lieutenant reports to the captain of investigations. Both captains report to the assistant chief.
“I just believe it’s the right organizational structure to allow us to become more efficient and more streamlined in our operations,” the chief said.