Segar named safety officer

A former Webster City police officer and a former acting chief has been named to serve as acting public safety director for the Webster City Police Department.

City Manager Ed Sadler said Pat Segar’s appointment would become effective May 14 and Segar will likely be in the position for four to six months while the city completes the hiring process for a new full-time police chief. Brian Hughes submitted his resignation in mid-April to accept a job as police chief for the North Strabane Township Police Department, located in southern Pittsburgh, Penn.

Segar was a police officer with the Webster City Department for a number of years. He served as acting chief about four years ago, before Hughes was hired for the position. Segar’s job description says that he will, under direction of the city manager, plan, direct, manage and oversee the activities and operations of the Police Department including overseeing duties performed by sworn officers, criminal investigations, crime prevention, community problem solving, code enforcement, general community support services and related support services. Since the position is essentially a civilian role, Sadler said that Segar will have no arrest powers and will not carry a gun.

“Pat will, however, have all the administrative authority and duties associated with this Department Director position,” Sadler said in memo. “With Pat’s years of experience, I’m sure that the temporary transition will be a smooth one.”

To help ensure a smooth transition, Segar will be working with Hughes until the chief leaves for his new position.