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Filling in for Madras Police Chief Tanner Stanfill who is on medical leave indefinitely

COURTESY PHOTO - Retired Police Chief Steve Bartol will serve as Madras Director of Police Services while Chief Tanner Stanfill is on medical leave.

The Madras City Council voted unanimously July 27 to hire retired Milwaukie, Oregon, Police Chief Steve Bartol to serve temporarily as the director of police services for the Madras Police Department.

On July 7, Madras Police Chief Tanner Stanfill requested extended medical leave. Sgt. Steve Webb stepped in as Acting Chief and later as Interim Chief.

"After a few weeks in the position, it was evident that removing him (Webb) from detective and patrol work created a deficit for the community," said the city news release.

"The primary difference between a police chief and a director of police services is that a police chief is a sworn law enforcement officer," said Mayor Richard Ladeby, "while a police director is employed in a civilian capacity."

As police director, Bartol will not have legal authority to make arrests, carry a firearm, wear a badge, or drive a police car.

Barton will perform administrative functions.

"He has a a wide range of experience that includes everything from dispatching, to patrol, investigations, drugs, gangs and vice units, and ultimately the chief of police for Milwaukie Police Department," said Madras Human Resources Director Charo Miller.

Barton recently provided similar assistance to the city of Ontario.

"I enjoy providing this service," said Bartol. "It's my way of giving back to a profession that gave me so much."

Bartol starts Monday, Aug. 8. for an undetermined time.

The city will pay Bartol $58 an hour plus lodging expenses.

In addition to Chief Tanner, two additional officers are on medical leave, and one on administrative leave.

Madras currently wants to hire more police officers. Those interested can find in formation here.

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