Nederland set to hire new police chief Monday

Published 7:43 pm Friday, May 4, 2018

NEDERLAND — The city of Nederland could see a new police chief by Monday although he or she wouldn’t officially take the reins until next month.

The City Council is set to discuss the issue in closed session and make an appointment in open session during the 4:30 p.m. meeting Monday at City Hall, 207 N. 12th St., Nederland.

City officials decided to hire from within the department instead of seeking outside candidates. Nine people have applied and council has been reviewing those applications during the past few meetings then performing interviews with finalists.

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City manager Chris Duque said retiring Chief Darrell Bush would stay on the job until his official retirement at the end of the month.

Bush has served as chief for 17 years in a career that’s spanned 44 years with Nederland Police Department.

Other agenda items include:

  • Conduct a joint public hearing for the purpose of receiving comments regarding the city’s zoning ordinance, amending the minimum lot size for duplex and townhome use, townhome requirements and other various sections.

Duque said the city leaders have been discussing this issue for the past few weeks and anticipate adopting the ordinance changes at the May 21 meeting.

  • Discuss and take possible action regarding the 2018 swimming pool season.

“We need to maintain a certain number of lifeguards every year in order to have coverage of the hours of programing at the pool,” he said. “Right now we are three weeks away from the first party and do not have sufficient number of lifeguards. We are not in danger of losing the entire pool season but if we are not able to recruit some people we will have to make changes to the pool schedule for the summer.”