orangeleader.com (Orange, Texas)

September 22, 2012

Council holds off on police chief salary increase

Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader

VIDOR — City councilmembers opted to hold off on making decision to increase the police chief’s salary at its most recent meeting.

Vidor City Council held a specially called meeting Thursday to discuss items such as the city tax rate and the city budget, but council also met in executive session to consider a request for a salary increase for Chief Dave Shows of the Vidor Police Department.

Shows was hired as the Vidor Chief of Police in November 2010 following the departure of his predecessor, Chief Eric Foerster in October 2010. He previous request for a raise in early 2012 was partially accommodated as council approved an increase of $500.

Mayor Ken Crawford said council has decided to hold off on any decision, whether to approve or deny a salary increase, at this time.

“We’re not taking any action right now,” he said. “We told (Shows) we would like to look at (the salary request) again around budget time.”

Shows has provided stability to the Chief of Police position during his nearly two years on the job, and he has had a more visibility within the community through police investigations and town hall meetings.

“Council would like to sit down with the chief and throw out some suggestions we have for goals and get some ideas on where things are heading and what his plans are,” Crawford added. “We’ll probably talk about this more at our next meeting.”