City hires firm to find new Police Chief

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The Knoxville City Council approved an agreement with Cayler Counseling Monday night. The firm will assist the City in the search for a new Police Chief.

As reported, Police Chief Dan Losada will retire from the Knoxville Police Department in a matter of weeks. Losada has served the City since 2005.

The agreement calls for the City to cover the costs of advertising, as well as pay those working for Cayler $150 an hour and a mileage rate of $0.575 per.

In other council action, TK Concrete was awarded the contract to replace a culvert on Roche Street. As previously reported, this project will be largely covered by storm water utility funds, and is necessary to enable residents on that street access to leave their homes.

TK had the low bid of $529,815. Two other bids were received, one for over $579,000 and one for nearly $696,000.

Council also approved an agreement with the Iowa Department of Human Services that will provide additional funds to the Knoxville Fire/Rescue Department for costs of treating Medicaid patients. The department is a ground emergency medical transport (GEMT) run by the City. It provides for an intergovernmental transfer of funds to the IDHS from the
GEMT Provider in order to provide the non-federal share of the reconciled cost reimbursement
amount for the uncompensated Medicaid cost associated with GEMT services.
The GEMT Provider is authorized by House File (HF) 2285 of the 2018 Iowa legislative
session to enter into and carry out an Intergovernmental Transfer (IGT) Agreement to transfer funds through IGTs to the IDHS for use as the non-federal share of Medicaid expenditures.

Maurice Speirs, a Centerville native, was also approved as a new member of the Knoxville Police Reserves.

The next regular council meeting is set for Monday, April 6, at 6:15 p.m.