The city of Mitchell is still without a public safety chief, but Mayor Bob Everson is confident in the department's staff while officials consider the future of its hierarchy.
The Mitchell Police Division has seen recent changes with the resignation of former Public Safety Chief Glen Still, which led to Mike Koster being named the acting Police Chief, and former Mitchell Det. Lt. Don Everson retiring. That's left a new police lieutenant position open, which the city of Mitchell is now taking applications for.
Mayor Everson said the city is "evaluating" the job titled public safety chief, which oversees the police department, fire division and Emergency Medical Services (EMS). Prior to Still, Lyndon Overweg held that job for more than two decades in Mitchell.
“Don (Everson) had a great career here with the police department, and we wish him well in his retirement,” Everson said Monday. “We expected to see quite a few people retire this year simply because it is a beneficial time to retire, because they could lose some of the retirement benefits if they have available if they wait another year.”
The duties of police lieutenant primarily include investigatory work within the Mitchell Police Department, ranging from managing investigations for major crimes that take place in the city of Mitchell and handling citizen complaints regarding criminal activity. The lieutenant also serves as the liaison to the State's Attorney's Office, along with other external agencies. The starting salary is set at $67,598, according to the job posting.
Mayor Everson applauded the extensive career that Lt. Detective Everson capped off, who served on the Mitchell Police Department for over three decades.
Everson’s retirement comes after Still resigned from his role as the top official of the Mitchell Department of Public Safety in early July, which led Koster to transition from his role as the assistant police chief to the acting police chief he currently holds.
As the Department of Public Safety Director position sits vacant following Still’s resignation that came just 10 months after he was hired in the fall of 2019, Mayor Everson anticipates a decision on which direction the city will go that job within a month from now.
Everson was part of the hiring committee that selected Still, which was made up of a team of Mitchell City Council members and city officials. However, the lieutenant position is hired internally by the top official within the department.
Since Still's resignation, Assistant Fire Chief Marius Laursen has been overseeing the fire division.