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Acting Langley police chief gets job extension

Dave Marks has at least a few more days as the acting chief of the Langley Police Department.

After several years as an officer with city law enforcement, Marks was appointed as the acting chief in August when former chief Randy Heston retired. The contract was for six months and is set to expire Feb. 15, three days before the council’s second meeting of the month.

Mayor Fred McCarthy said extending Marks’ contract as the acting chief was necessary while the city continues to evaluate the size of its police force and looks for a new police chief.

“Legally, we need to have an acting appointed chief,” McCarthy said.

The mayor said Marks would present his study of the Langley Police Department’s staffing to the city council at the Feb. 18 meeting.

Since Heston’s retirement, the police have worked on a three-officer rotation, including Marks. Heston successfully requested a staff increase for the 2013 budget for three full-time officers and a chief after 2012 had high overtime and reserve officer expenses.

McCarthy said he would make a recommendation to the city council about whether to keep the police force at three officers or increase it to four, which was budgeted for this year. The mayor received the study from Marks on Thursday and declined to say what his recommendation will be.

“I’m not prepared to do that right now,” McCarthy said.

Once the city council reviews the study, it will have the option to go forward with staffing at the budgeted four officers, or keeping it as is with three. With the size determined, then the city will post the job opening for the chief’s position.

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