GIPD Chief to Retire - City Council Approves New Wage for Hiring Process

(Grand Island, NE) - After 36 years of service Grand Island Police Chief Robert Falldorf will be calling it a career with GIPD. Falldorf notified the Grand Island City Council Tuesday in a memo of retirement that was included in the city council agenda. The last day for Chief Falldorf will be January 13th, 2023. Falldorf, who has been with GIPD since 1986, took over the chief duties in 2106 after Steve Lamken retired. 

Grand Island Human Resources Director Aaron Schmid spoke at Tuesday night’s city council meeting and presented to the council that a proposed salary ordinance would amend the salary range of the non-union position of police chief. In an effort to ensure a smooth transition of leadership, the administration would like to begin a search for a new replacement. An initial step in the process was to conduct a wage survey. Based on the results, administration is proposing to amend the salary range from $48.7891 $76.6353 to $62.4286/$83.8548 hourly or $101,481.33/$159,401.42 to $129,851.49/$174,417.98 annually. If approved, the administration would not request an additional amendment to the 2022-2023 fiscal budget. There was no discussion from the council on the agenda item. A motion was made and quickly seconded and approved with a vote from council members. 



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