City's Public Safety Director Finishes 1st Day 1-10-2011 - WNEM TV 5

City's Public Safety Director Finishes 1st Day 1-10-2011

Saginaw's first director of public safety has reported for duty and finished his first day on the job.
Phillip Ludos was chosen to oversee the police and fire departments in the city last year.
In December, city manager Darnell Earley picked Ludos to serve residents in Saginaw.
Ludos has held previous law enforcement positions in Michigan, but most recently served as the public safety director in Greenacres, Fla.
“I've looked at this 2011 budget, what's already in place and what's been approved, and looking at some of the projections, and the projections for Saginaw are really no different than many of the other cities of the same size under the same circumstances,” said Phillip Ludos to TV5 in December.
There are different types of public safety systems. In some cities, police officers and firefighters are trained to do the same job. Other places see a consolidation of records and administration. TV5 asked Ludos if he knew any details about the city’s plan.
“That has not been specifically addressed. What they have addressed is the projected loss of revenues,” said Ludos.
Earley says he created the position because two separate departments are not viable.
“The idea of combining the two entities opens up a whole world of possibilities, and I'm sure that those possibilities are all going to be positive for the city,” said Cliff.
Ludos calls himself a “change agent.” The position of assistant city manager/public safety director pays $88,000 to $101,000 per year.
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