By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
Sometime this year, Marc Adams will no longer be Keizer’s police chief.
Adams, chief of the Keizer Police Department since 1997, had originally planned to retire in March 2014. That later changed to the end of 2013.
Yet another change has prompted a rather fluid end date. Adams now plans to officially retire at the end of May – kind of.
“Due to the potential impact of PERS legislation, I decided to change my retirement date, moving it up by many months to the end of this month,” Adams said last week. “I have agreed to stay on as chief of police in a temporary capacity for three more months to allow the city time to recruit and appoint a new chief of police.”
That three-month extension, however, could be shorter, according to Machell DePina, Human Resources manager for the city of Keizer.
“Marc has agreed to stay on for a few additional months to help us through this since he moved up his timeline so much,” DePina said. “Our hope is to not have an interim chief, but to go directly from him to the new chief. If there are complications, like the top candidate doesn’t work out, that timeline could be longer. We’re hoping for the best.”
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