With the future of the current police chief in limbo, the city manager has tapped former retired Metropolitan Police Department Deputy Chief Bill Conger of Las Vegas as acting police chief.
Conger took command of the Boulder City Police Department on Wednesday morning, 12 hours after City Manager David Fraser announced his appointment.
Conger said the biggest task for the department is re-establishing leadership.
“We’ve had a chief that’s been gone for a while and sergeants that are all equal ranks trying to get stuff done and maintain the course,” Conger said. “It’s a good police department, but there will be some things that need to be addressed.”
Conger walks into a department awaiting results of an outside audit and in the midst of an investigation of the loss or theft of a city-owned Bushmaster AR-15 assault rifle.
Current Chief Thomas Finn has been on medical leave since Jan. 16.
“I’m going to be conducting my own audit almost immediately,” Conger said.
“Departments get in trouble because of money, evidence and misbehavior. Those are the types of things that need to be addressed immediately.”
Fraser said Conger could be with the department weeks or a month but has full authority to run the department.
“He will exercise the full duties and authorities of chief of police,” Fraser said.