The City of Lone Tree has cut a $136,000 severance check to its ousted former police chief Steve Hasler, and launched the search for a new chief.
Acting Police Chief Ron Pinson said he doesn't know yet if he'll apply for the position.
Hasler was fired without cause from his post as the city's first and only chief Aug. 29, and city officials never have offered a reason for his dismissal. Hasler charged it was retaliation by City Manager Jack Hidahl, stemming from a 2011 hostility complaint against Hidahl filed by a female police department employee. Hidahl said he won't further explain his decision to fire Hasler out of respect for the former chief.
Immediately following his dismissal, Hasler said he wanted his job back, saying members of the police force were like family to him.
The next chief will lead a force of 47 officers in one of the fastest-growing, most affluent communities in Colorado.
Starting pay for the position ranges from about $104,000 to $135,500.
The ideal candidate will “promote police and community partnerships,” “be politically savvy, yet apolitical,” and have “excellent personal skills” as well as “regional perspective coupled with a strong problem-solving mentality,” according to the job posting.
Resumes are due by Dec. 14, with finalist interviews planned in February 2013.
Hasler's attorney, Michael Mills, acknowledged Hasler had received the check but had no additional comment.