With the retirement of Police Chief William Gill, Hubbard City Council has approved a temporary contract with Marion County Sheriff's Office to fill in.
The intergovernmental agreement, approved last month in a special council meeting, allows Lt. Gerry Adcock with Marion County to be a boots-on-the-ground chief for up to 60 days.
The city has put out a listing for a permanent police chief position that says open until filled. The Council opted to save money by not hiring a consultant for the search, setting a $1,500 budget for posting on several websites and job boards, including the Oregonian, Oregon Chiefs of Police Association and League of Oregon Cities, among others.
"In talking to officers, they think we should be able to find some people that way," Councilor Angie Wheatcroft said at last month's Council meeting. "I think we should give it a shot."
According to City Recorder Vickie Nogle, if the 60 days is reached without a permanent chief in place, the city could look at requesting an extension from the sheriff's office.
Meanwhile, the police department as a whole is understaffed, but filling the chief role remains the priority, Mayor Thia Estes wrote in the city's most recent newsletter.
"It is our desire to have a permanent chief in place and work with that chief for the hiring to fill the remaining vacancies in the police department," she said.
She added that Gill's last days in his position were spent preparing the department for the changes.
"Our Hubbard officers are continuing to work hard under the additional pressure," she wrote. "Their performance has been exceptional with these new challenges and they have my thanks and support."