Ferris chief’s job extended
By 12/18/2003 00:00:00
The Ellis County Press
FERRIS -As his 30-day emergency appointment drew to an end, Interim Ferris Police Chief Don Marks was retained as interim police chief by council members for up to six months, until a permanent chief could be hired.
'I'm hiring (Marks) on a temporary appointment. The temporarily appointment will be six months or less,' Birdwell said.
'We'll have a new chief within six months.'
Marks said he is happy the council has shown confidence in him and his ideas by extending his appointment.
Hoping to ease the financial burden of the city, Marks said, he is looking to apply for various grants.
The interim chief said after meeting with the Red Oak Police Chief on Monday, he would be interested in leasing squad cars through the Ford Motor Company Lease Buy-Back Plan.
According to Marks, Red Oak has a three-year lease on its police vehicles with the option to buy the car at the end of the third year for one dollar.
'We can lease our cars much cheaper than we can purchase them outright, Marks said.
Marks was hired Nov. 15 after former Ferris Police Chief Jeff Cottongame was terminated after the mishandling of the Ferris Reserves Account.
He hopes to apply for grants to help ease the 'financial burden' of the city.
Before hiring a new police chief the city will conduct background checks, reference checks and past employment of all applicants for the top cop position, Birdwell said.
Ferris City Council members will ultimately be responsible for chosing the new chief.