Interim police 'director' starts work; costs $3,800 per week

Longtime lawman Pete Kerns stepped aside as chief of the Eugene Police Department on Monday.

Posted: Dec 12, 2017 12:15 AM
Updated: Dec 12, 2017 3:36 PM

EUGENE, Ore. --- Longtime lawman Pete Kerns stepped aside as chief of the Eugene Police Department on Monday, making way for interim director David James, whose short-term pay will cost taxpayers thousands of dollars per week until a permanent chief is hired in 2018.

According to a contract posted on the city’s website, taxpayers will pay $3,800 a week to Strategic Government Resources, a Texas-based recruiting firm, for James’ services. That comes to over $197,000 a year on an annual basis.

In addition, the city will foot the bill for James to stay at a local hotel for the duration of his employment.

The city will also reimburse the cost of a rental car for James while he’s here.

Additionally, the contract states the city must pay for James to travel home once a month. Although the contract does not specify his home address, James is director of Law Enforcement Leadership & Management Consulting which, according to its website, is based in Kerens, Texas.

According to his official biography, James has over 44 years of law enforcement experience. However, he is not licensed in the state of Oregon, and is not qualified to hold the title of chief, according to past statements by city manager Jon Ruiz.

James’ official title is interim executive police director.

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