The search for Salt Lake City's new police chief is continuing, says Mayor Palmer DePaulis.
"The department needs a chief," DePaulis said. "The people need to settle down. We need to find more money."DePaulis said he hopes to have a new police chief hired by the middle of July. He appointed a citizen's committee to help in the selection process.
Police Maj. Ed Johnson has been acting head of the city's police department since Chief E.L. "Bud" Willoughby stepped due to health problems in January. Willoughby officially retired May 31.
DePaulis' budget recommended a 3 percent reduction to all city departments, including a $600,000 cut in the police department. Controversy was created by the proposed elimination of the crime analysis and crime prevention units, both of which City Council members say they want to add back into the city budget.
The mayor's budget also included no raises for city employees, including police officers. Upset about the lack of salary increases and the decreased number of officers, members of the Salt Lake Police Association applied for permits to stage an informational picket at 11 locations during the U.S. Conference of Mayors this weekend.