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Promotion of Kenneth City officer is sought

Town Council member Gene Kouns wants to promote Officer Jim Rieser, who is acting as police chief. Rieser has served as chief since March, when Jeff Walkowiak was suspended. Kouns proposed making Rieser a lieutenant, which would put Rieser second in command behind Walkowiak, if he is reinstated, or a new chief if Walkowiak is replaced. Kouns, who was appointed by the board to oversee the Police Department, has said Rieser would not become chief if the council decides to replace Walkowiak. Rieser has said he isn't interested in being chief full time. On Tuesday, council members said a job description needs to be written before they decide whether to promote Rieser. The department does not have a lieutenant; sergeants now act as second in command.

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