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Archive for April 21st, 2008|Daily archive page

City Hall’s Used Cars open for business: 3 cop cars, pickup with animal cages among hottest of 11 deals

In City Hall on April 21, 2008 at 9:44 pm

The city of Cedar Rapids is unloading 11 used vehicles, some recapped tires and a backyard golf game called Birdie Ball.

The sales are underway on, the eBay-like online auction for government property that the city has used for a few years now.

Interested bidders can get to the site by going to

The bidding closes on May 2.

Three Ford Crown Victoria police cruisers are the hot items to date. Two of the three are 2005 models; one is a 2003. All have mileages in the 80,000s.

As of late Monday afternoon, one of the Crown Vics had 10 bids with the high bid price at $1,550; one had 13 bids, with the high bid price at $2,250; and one had 19 bids, with the high bid price of $3,553.

The 2001 pickup with the Animal Control operation’s cages on it has had 12 bids to date, and the high bid stood at $800 by late Monday afternoon.

Among the vehicles is a 1998 Ford Escort, a parking meter enforcement vehicle that has one bid of $300 to date. Mileage is 58,052. It is described this way: “This vehicle starts, runs, (is) drivable.”


One quits police chief race; second Fla. candidate lost out in January to local in Bellevue, Wash., chief competition

In City Hall, Police Department on April 21, 2008 at 2:13 pm

Capt. Joseph D’Agostino, 49, police captain in Port St. Lucie, Fla., has withdrawn from the competition to be Cedar Rapids’ next police chief, the city manager’s office confirmed Monday morning.

Still in the hunt are Kenneth Graham, 46, deputy police chief in Ocala, Fla.; Jeff Hadley, 37, police captain in Fort Wayne, Ind.; and two Cedar Rapids police captains, Steve O’Konek, 46, and Bernie Walther, 47.

Graham was one of six finalists for the police chief job in Bellevue, Wash., when that city selected its interim chief to fill the position in January.

The five Cedar Rapids finalists interviewed in private last week with City Manager Jim Prosser, Mo Sheronick, assistant city attorney, and Conni Huber, human resources director. Those interviews followed a first-round of public interviews with a seven-member panel including two members of the city’s Civil Service Commission. Seven candidates interviewed in the first round.

Following the first interviews, the Civil Service Commission said five of the seven candidates were qualified to be Cedar Rapids’ chief. The commission then ranked the five this way: O’Konek, Graham, Hadley, D’Agostino and Walther.

In addition to private City Hall interviews last week, the city also held a reception for the five finalists to give the public a chance to visit with them one-on-one.

The city’s Huber said Monday that no more interviews are scheduled. She said the city manager is “deliberating” over his selection and hopes to have someone on the job by June 1. The City Council must approve Prosser’s selection.