Don’t expect any major moves toward a new Springfield police chief this week. A spokesman for Mayor Mike Houston says the mayor is on a long-planned canoeing trip, as scheduled.
So far, Houston has not named an interim chief to take over on a short-term basis for Police Chief Robert Williams, who announced his retirement last week. Williams has not returned to the job since, and it’s unclear whether he will come back before his retirement takes effect. In the meantime, the department’s deputy chiefs are handling day-to-day operations and reporting to Houston’s executive assistant, Willis Logan.
Houston is accepting applications to become the next chief, and spokesman Nathan Mihelich says he will look at applicants from both inside and outside the department.