Josh Dulaney, Staff Writer
Posted: 03/21/2011 05:56:05 PM PDT

SAN BERNARDINO – The city has reached an agreement with outgoing Police Chief Keith Kilmer to stay on until his replacement is found. In a 5-1 vote Monday, the City Council approved a transitional services agreement with Kilmer to lead the Police Department until the city hires another chief, which is expected to happen by mid-August.

Kilmer will be paid at an hourly rate of his existing salary, without benefits or other compensation, according to a report by the Mayor’s Office.

The report says the agreement will provide the city a net savings of $47,748.

Kilmer earlier this month announced he was stepping down as the city’s top cop, effective March 31.

He said family reasons resulted in the need to retire this year.

Kilmer started as chief in mid-2009.

Not since 1965 has a San Bernardino chief left office before serving at least two years.

Kilmer came here from Bell Gardens, where he started as police chief in 2006.

He previously was a Long Beach police commander, and was named that department’s outstanding recruit in 1982.

Kilmer was in the running for the police chief position in Surprise, Ariz., earlier this year, but lost out on that job.

The chief of police is appointed by the mayor and approved by the council. The council must also approve the chief’s employment contract.

Mayor Pat Morris is working with Bob Murray and Associates, a Roseville-based recruiting firm, in the search for Kilmer’s replacement.

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