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Plant City commissioners name police chief as assistant city manager

Published:   |   Updated: March 14, 2013 at 01:09 AM

Bill McDaniel will soon take on a new role in city government.

Commissioners have approved City Manager Greg Horwedel's plan to hire McDaniel as his assistant city manager effective Jan. 7. Horwedel announced his proposal in September but needed City Commission approval.

McDaniel is retiring after a 27-year career at the police department, including 16 years as chief. His pay will increase from $95,000 to $107,000 per year.

Commissioners approved the reorganization at their Monday meeting.

McDaniel, 49, will oversee the police department, fire rescue, code enforcement and the Management Information Systems department, which operates the city computer system.

By hiring McDaniel, Horwedel said he will be freed up to concentrate on economic development, including luring companies with more jobs to the city. McDaniel's last day as police chief is Nov. 30.

The reorganization will save the city about $230,000 a year, by leaving some positions unfilled, including the one held by Management Information Systems Manager Rhonda Jensen, who resigned in August. Also, the police department won't replace Capt. John Borders, who is retiring.

Also, the city can realize savings by shuffling the top jobs at the police and fire rescue departments, among other staffing changes, Horwedel said.

Acting Fire Rescue Chief David Burnett will likely be named the permanent chief after Jan. 7. At the police department, Capt. Steve Singletary will serve as acting police chief after McDaniel's departure, with the title to likely become permanent after Jan. 7.

The city hasn't had an assistant city manager since 2010, when Horwedel was promoted from assistant city manager to city manager following David Sollenberger's retirement.

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