Steve Wisniewski was selected from nearly 70 candidates as the city's first public safety director and will head the police and fire departments beginning Oct. 20.
Wisniewski is currently police chief in Roswell, N.M.
City Manager Gregory T. Meyer cited Wisniewski's aggressive treatment of criminal drug activity, a strong neighborhood watch program and good relations with the business community in announcing his selection as public safety director. Wisniewski will be paid $54,840 a year.
The position was created several months ago as a cost-saving measure. The city has been without a permanent fire chief since since Ronald Simmons resigned in July, 1985. Former Police Chief Frank Beeson resigned June 30.