“It is an honor that Chief Sroka was selected to attend the academy, and his experience will undoubtedly enhance police operations in Gaithersburg,” said City Manager Angel Jones. “Acting in capacity opportunities at the Gaithersburg Police Department will be shared during his absence.”
Two lieutenants are splitting the acting in chief duties while the chief is away. Jones said the city would compensate the police lieutenants acting in chief pay if they serve in the acting role for at least 15 days.
Sroka’s attendance at the Academy was a condition of employment per the terms of his contract, and Jones confirmed he would be compensated by the city while at the Academy. Sroka was sworn-in as the city’s new police chief last July. He earns a salary of $145,903 a year.
“While the training is intense, the chief has committed to remain in contact during his absence,” said Jones. “I am confident that the highest level of public safety will continue to be achieved in Gaithersburg.”
Jones added that professional development remains key for her staff’s continued growth and success.
“Despite the budget challenges of recent years, I have maintained that with a lean staff and a high level commitment to excellence, it is more important than ever that staff take advantage of opportunities that help them work smarter, to network with colleagues to discern best practices, and to develop skills that add value to our organization,” she said.