July 22, 2009 CAPAC — The council voted unanimously to hire a new interim police chief, Richard Zavislak, at their Monday night meeting.
Zavislak is slated to begin Monday, July 27. He'll earn $19.25 an hour and put in 24 hours a week.
Current Chief Steve Riebel said he previously worked with Zavislak when both were police officers in Troy more than 20 years ago and highly recommends him.
"He's hardworking, very knowledgeable and will bring lots of skills to the job," Riebel said of Zavislak.
Four candidates were originally chosen for interviews, but two had to back out, including Roger Czap, a Capac resident and lieutenant with the Imlay City Police Department. Capac Manager Chris Crary said Imlay City officials declined to give Czap the okay to perform both jobs.
Zavislak is a retiree of the Eastpointe Police Department.
The council also moved to give Riebel a prorated $5 an hour raise from June 1 to July 27 and extend his contract six working days beyond Zavislak's start date.
Crary and the council said they plan to author a resolution to thank and honor Riebel for the work he's accomplished in the last seven months as interim chief.
Zavislak will be the fourth police officer to serve as interim chief since Chief Raymond Hawks was shot and seriously injured while on duty in April 2008.
In other council business:
•Riebel and the council officially recognized Pastor Bernie Long as the police department's chaplain. Long is pastor of the Capac Community Church.
•Two new part-time officers were hired—G. Raymond Leonard, a full-time officer in Richmond and Michael Hannan, a recent police academy graduate. The council also accepted, with regret, the resignation of part-time officer and one-time interim chief Roger Bartram.