Concordia Police Chief Raynes tenders resignation, Mapes to fill vacancy

Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Concordia City Clerk Susan Flandermeyer administers the oath of office to Sgt. Paul Mapes of the Concordia Police Department. Mapes was being sworn in as Interim Police Chief following the resignation of current Police Chief Clint Raynes.
Bob Stewart/The Concordian

At the Jan. 22, 2019, regular meeting of the Concordia Board of Aldermen, the board received a copy of a resignation letter written by Concordia Police Department Chief Clint Raynes. In the letter, Rayne asked the board to accept his resignation with his last day of service noted as Jan. 25, 2019.

“I would like to thank you for the opportunity you have presented me over my years with the city and wish you the best,” Raynes wrote.

City Administrator Dale Klussman informed the board Raynes had indicated he had accepted an Information Technology position with MFA Oil, Inc. A motion was made and approved unanimously to accept the resignation.

Klussman then turned to the business of temporarily filling the vacancy left after Raynes’ resignation. He stated he had spoken with board members and Mayor Michael Brown and the decision had been made to offer the Interim Police Chief position to Sgt. Paul Mapes. The board voted unanimously to approve the offer, and Mapes was sworn in as Interim Police Chief during the regular session. It was also decided Mapes would enter the position at the current pay rate of the Police Chief position, which is $20.43 per hour. He will begin Interim Police Chief duties at noon on Jan. 25.

According to an ordinance approved by the board, Mapes is the ranking officer in the department and has demonstrated the necessary skills to direct operations of the department in an efficient and professional manner.

During a closed executive session that same evening, the board voted to offer Mapes the full-time position of Police Chief. Mapes was called into the special session and accepted the offer. He will be sworn in as Chief of the Concordia Police Department at the board’s next regular meeting to be held at 5 p.m. on Feb. 4, 2019.

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