ELLSWORTH — The City Council has turned to Police Chief and interim City Manager Glenn Moshier to fill the role of city manager on a permanent basis.
Moshier was named interim manager after former City Manager David Cole retired last September. Moshier joined the Ellsworth Police Department in 2004, was promoted to sergeant in 2008 and then to captain in 2016. He has been named the department’s Officer of the Year on three occasions. In early 2017, he was named police chief after serving on an interim basis since the previous December.
Council Chairman Dale Hamilton pointed to Moshier’s proven leadership skills along with leadership training undergone with the FBI while with the Police Department as reasons for starting negotiations.
“If you look at what’s he’s done, he has a lot of leadership component qualities,” Hamilton said. “That’s why he was asked to step into the [interim] role.
“What the council has been looking for is a person who has demonstrated leadership and a demonstrated history of being able to collaborate with a diverse group. We want to have a city manager that is not only connected internally to city operations but is able to engage the community in a positive way.”
A recent hiring search to fill the position ended when the sole candidate under consideration withdrew during negotiations last week. Hamilton announced at the Dec. 21 council meeting the decision to begin the negotiation process with Moshier.
“So that’s the direction we’re heading in at this point,” Hamilton said. “We’ll start those negotiations as soon as possible.”
Moshier was not one of the 18 applicants who applied for the position, Hamilton said afterward, and no formal negotiations with him had previously taken place. If negotiations prove successful, Moshier could be named city manager early in January, he added.
However, that doesn’t necessarily mean Moshier will relinquish his role as police chief.
“[This] is part of the discussions we’re going to have with Glenn,” Hamilton said. “This may be an opportunity to structure things a bit differently and maximize expertise. It presents something that might be unique for us.”
Hamilton said Moshier could continue to have oversight over the Police Department as he has since taking on the interim city manager role.
“I am very excited for the challenge of leading the city and am confident that an agreement can be reached to allow me to do that,” Moshier told The American. “My exact role in the city going forward has not been defined as of yet and will be part of the negotiation process.”