Wednesday, December 20, 2000

Township appoints manager

Madeira police chief hired

By Walt Schaefer
The Cincinnati Enquirer


        SYMMES TOWNSHIP — Gerald L. Beckman, Madeira police chief for 14 years and a 25-year veteran of the department, will change hats Jan. 2 when he becomes township administrator here.

        Mr. Beckman, 53, who holds a master's degree in public administration from the University of Cincinnati, said the job fulfils his career goal of “moving beyond police administration. This will be something I'll enjoy and be reasonably good at,” he said.

        Mr. Beckman fills the position vacated by Steve Grote, whose contract was not renewed by trustees in November. Mr. Grote held the $60,000-a-year job for 17 months.

        Trustees President Kathy Wagner said Mr. Beckman was selected from four finalists recommended by a consultant.

        “I liked his personality,” she said. “He is sensible and possesses good management skills. He is a very good listener and ... will face up to problems and get things done. That is going to be very good for our township. He has a great deal of integrity and tells you exactly what he thinks. I like that.”

        Mr. Beckman filled in as city manager in Madeira when City Manager Tom Moeller was on vacation or away on business, township trustee Eric Minamyer said.

        Mr. Minamyer said key goals facing the new administrator will be to mold the township's work force into a cohesive unit, deal with the Montgomery Road corridor widening initiative, and the community's new park at Humphrey and Hopewell roads.

        Mr. Beckman said another of his goals will be to ensure the public receives services, communication and courteous, prompt treatment it should expect from its local government.

        Madeira City Manager Tom Moeller said that “while I hate to lose him as our police chief, Jerry's qualifications to become a public administrator are very good, and he has worked toward becoming a manager over the past two years, getting a degree. This provides him with a great opportunity close to home.”

        Mr. Moeller said Madeira Police Lt. Frank Maupin has been named interim police chief.

        Mr. Beckman will continue to live in Madeira with his wife, Marie. They have three grown children, Joseph, Andrew and Erin.


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