Hellwig Appointed As Police Director
It is the third time Hellwig has been named to the same role.
In March 2008, the mayor appointed Hellwig to the post in acting capacity the day after the City Council agreed to abolish the title of police chief in favor of a police director. Legislation establishing the title allowed for the Public Safety director to hold the additional post for up to one year in acting capacity. In an addendum to an April 14, 2008 council meeting, the mayor informed the council again of Hellwig's acting appointment, this time effective April 11, the day the abolishment of the chief's title took effect.
Hellwig draws only a $90,000 salary as Public Safety director. No salary has been established for the police director position.
Councilman Adrian Mapp asked why Monday's resolution was not presented to the City Council at the March 9 agenda-fixing session. City administrator Marc Dashield said it would have been presented at a March 30 agenda session under the council calendar adopted Jan. 1, but due to revision of the calendar, that date was dropped. The former April 6 voting meeting is now the next agenda-fixing session and the resolution would have been late if it had not been added to Monday's meeting.
Mapp also questioned the lack of a salary ordinance, but Corporation Counsel Dan Williamson said it had not been necessary "because we have the luxury of having a gentleman to serve in both positions."
Click here for a blog post on some of Hellwig's initiatives as police director. While many residents were upset over deletion of the police chief title, Hellwig has gained a reputation as being responsive to residents' public safety concerns, especially quality of life issues such as speeding in residential neighborhoods and safety on Mischief Night and Halloween.