Filer Police Department

The Filer City Hall is seen June 6 in Filer.

PAT SUTPHIN, TIMES-NEWS

FILER — Help wanted. Pay is $27.10 to $31.54 per hour. High school education is a must.

Filer is hiring a new police chief.

“Must be able to work independently under stressful, high-risk conditions and have the ability to communicate effectively with the mayor, City Council and other city employees,” the job description continues.

The city has been without a police chief since July 18 when the City Council voted 3-1 to fire former Chief Tim Reeves. Mayor Rick Dunn reassigned the police chief’s duties to Sgt. John Darnall the following day.

The city first came under fire when it invited Twin Falls County Sheriff Tom Carter to present a proposal to take over law enforcement for the city. Residents were outraged at the thought of losing their police department and vowed to recall the mayor and three of four city council members because of it.

Then another member of the police department found out he would soon lose his job. Dunn told police officer Jay Wiggins his position would be eliminated in September at the end of the fiscal year because of budget cuts.

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Police chief applications are due Sept. 15. Applicants must live within “appropriate response time” to Filer and must be POST certified and have at least five years experience including at least three years experience at the level of Police Captain or higher in municipal police work.

Meanwhile, the deadline to turn in petitions to recall Dunn and City Council members Ruby Allen, Christina Hatch and Gary Dietrick to Filer Clerk Deb McMahan is Monday. To force a recall election, petitioners must gather enough signatures to equal 20 percent of the registered voters in the town during the last election or 196 valid signatures, said County Clerk Kristina Glascock. If recall petitions are perfected, each official named will have five business days to resign or face a special recall election during the Nov. 7 general election.

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