REED CITY — Reed City officials have the concerns of area residents in mind as they continue the search for a new chief of police.

City Manager Ron Howell explained following the retirement of Chuck Davis in September, who served as chief of police with the Reed City Police Department for more than a decade, he recommended to members of the city council Sergeant Brian Koschmider fill the role of acting chief. Howell said the council accepted this decision, expecting Koschmider to be in the position for a few months.

"He agreed to step up and fill that responsibility," Howell said. "He has been very good in the role."

Although Koschmider has been acting chief for the past several weeks, Howell said he is working with the city council to determine what qualities they are looking for in the next permanent chief of police, including the types of law enforcement experience qualified candidates may need to have to effectively serve the people living in Reed City.

"You want to begin to look at what issues in Reed City are we concerned about," he said. "The process over the next couple months will be defining what we are looking for in this position."

The police chief is an appointed position by the city manager which then must be approved by the city council.

Koschmider could not be reached for comment.