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Ken Vogel

Silver Bay approves transition plan to fill top cop vacancy

The City of Silver Bay held a special meeting on Monday to discuss a transition plan for the police department as Chief Mitch Dow’s last day will be Friday, April 18. Dow recently resigned his position as the city’s top cop. Transitional options included appointing an interim chief from within the department, contracting with someone from outside the department to serve as a temporary interim chief or a combination of both.

After discussion a motion was made to contract from outside the department for an administrative interim chief. The motion passed unanimously.

The council also agreed to advertise the chief of police vacancy and update the job description for the position.

The city expects to conduct interviews later in May after the application review process has been completed.

Beaver Bay addresses damage to residential property by city crews

On April 15th the Beaver Bay City Council addressed the issue of damage to residential properties due to snow plowing efforts by city crews over the course of the winter. Council member Tom Harris reported that some of the damage occurred when plows pushed heavy snow off roadways and into residents’ yards. He told the council that the damage includes some torn up sod and gravel deposits left on lawns.

“This was not due to negligence by our crews; it was just the result of the amount of snow that we received required additional push backs and removal efforts,” he clarified.

Harris made a motion to authorize the hire of temporary workers to assist city crews with the clean-up; the motion passed unanimously.

The council approved the hire of Drew Johnson, June Talus and Trent Mattson. The three will be employed at the Green Door.