TARPON SPRINGS — City Manager Mark LeCouris is moving forward with efforts to fill the city's two top public safety positions.
LeCouris told commissioners at Tuesday's meeting that he plans to bring forward Acting Police Chief Bob Kochen and Acting Fire Chief Rick Butcher to take on those roles permanently.
LeCouris said he's still working out the process and hopes to have the two sworn into the positions in early July.
Kochen, 44, has been with the police department for 21 years. Before that, he was a Clearwater police officer. Kochen has been an administrative captain since February 1999 and the acting chief since June 2008. Kochen stepped in when LeCouris, then the police chief, became the acting city manager.
Butcher, 51, was named acting fire chief after in February after then Chief Stephen Moreno resigned. Moreno arrived on a fire scene after having been drinking, and an investigation determined that his behavior warranted his termination.
Butcher started working as a fireman with the city in April 1981. He worked as a Tarpon Springs volunteer fireman before being hired.