ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOV.COM) -- In what is considered a historic move in Missouri, St. Charles County is getting its own police department. The county says it will start interviewing candidates in early November to fill the position of chief of police.
Voters approved the move in the November 2012 election, and now it’s only a few months away from being implemented. The last time this happened was in the 1950's when St. Louis County established a police department.
In January, the St. Charles County Sheriff's Department will split in two.
New patches and badges have been designed and patrol cars will be getting new logos. Aside from the new look, the public won’t notice a huge difference.
“Public won't notice any difference as far as the numbers patrolling their neighborhood - how often they see a patrol car, all those numbers remain the same,” said Lt. Dave Tiefenbrunn with the St. Charles Sheriff’s Office.
The current sheriff's department with its staff of 220 will split in two. Forty members of the staff will remain with the sheriff's department. A new county police department will be created with roughly 180 employees, about 150 will be commissioned officers.
The current sheriff's department building will become the police department. The site for the sheriff's department hasn't been determined yet. The sheriff's department will continue to handle prisoner transport, be civil process servers and provide court services. County police will handle all other law enforcement activities.
Former Orchard Farm School Superintendent Dan Dozier is leading a five-person committee that will review applicants for the chief's job.
“It's really hard to determine how many candidates we're going to have in that process,” Dozier said. “I would think St. Charles County is a prestigious county in what it has to offer."
The chief’s job comes with a salary of between $100,000 and $126,000, depending on the person’s experience. Drug forfeiture money will be used to cover the costs of the changeover, which is estimated to be about $100,000.