MEDINA — For the first time since Lt. Bob Starcher retired in 2013, the Medina Police Department has two lieutenants.
Lt. Scott Marcum, who has been commander of the patrol division for four years, was sworn in last week by Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell at city hall.
Lt. Dave Birckbichler is in charge of the special operations division.
Marcum, 42, spent three years on the Montville Township police force before being hired in Medina in 2000.
“He’s an 18-year veteran,” Medina Police Chief Ed Kinney said Monday. “He’s worked a variety of assignments. He had a stint in narcotics. He works with the community-oriented policing work.”
Marcum said community policing builds partnerships and networks with the community.
“We give them a better product,” he said. “We find out what they are looking for while solving problems in the community.”
He said if the problems are not something handled by the police department, they’ll “get the right agency involved and all work together.”
The new lieutenant said the only thing that will change is his pay and the title that goes with the job. His new salary wasn’t readily available Monday.
“Other than that, I don’t foresee a lot of changes,” he said.
Marcum, a graduate of Buckeye High School and the University of Toledo, has 24 men and women under his command. He will earn $42.78 per hour, according to Medina Civil Service Commission records.
“I do the scheduling,” he said. “I decide where the shifts are, who are on the shifts and how many are on each shift on what days.”
He said each shift normally has four or five officers.
“I’m thrilled (with the promotion),” he said. “We have a lot of great guys here in the department. It’s been great working with them for so many years. Chief Kinney has a busy agenda as far as community policing is concerned. I help coordinate a lot of that.”
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