Monday, October 17, 2011

Police hire new civilian spokesperson

Posted By on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Barbara Miller
  • Barbara Miller

The Colorado Springs Police Department announced today that it's hired a new media contact, Barbara Miller, a civilian with 28 years experience at the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Orlando, Fla.

What the release didn't mention was what was happening to Sgt. Steve Noblitt, the guy who has held that position now for a year and a half.

Turns out, Noblitt was holding down two jobs for the past year, serving as the media contact as well as the community relations sergeant. With this new hire, he'll only have to do the latter position, which involves problem-solving with groups that might feel the sting of discrimination, such as minorities and religious groups.

“We really keep in touch with the faith-based communities in the minority community," Noblitt says. "If something is bubbling up, it's our responsibility to know.”

Noblitt says Miller will have all the same responsibilities he did, but since she isn't a sworn hire, she won't be paid overtime, and her salary will be significantly less. Police lieutenants have traditionally filled the role as media contacts, and they're paid around $94,000 a year. Sergeants like Noblitt are paid around $82,000. Miller will likely be paid around $60,000.

More from the police department:

The Colorado Springs Police Department consistently evaluates positions to determine if cost saving measures can be implemented while maintaining the same level of excellence our residents have come to expect. After reviewing the criteria for our Public Information Officer and following serious discussions, Chief Myers decided to reclassify the position from that of a sworn officer to a civilian.

We are pleased to announce that Barbara Miller has joined our agency as our Sr. Public Communications Specialist. Barbara holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York College at Buffalo. She moved to Colorado Springs after retiring from the Orange County Sheriff’s Office {Orlando, Florida} with 28 years of law enforcement experience. During her tenure, she served in various positions to include three years as a Public Information Officer.

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