But commissioner Pervis Brown, the police liaison on city commission, is not sure the department should be allowed to hire support staff for the department.
"It all depends on revenue," Brown said. "We're still going through the budget for this year."
Brown said he isn't sure a part-time typist has a place in the city's $15 million budget.
"What other important things need to be done that are ahead of this? I don't know," Brown said. "We're still in the process of getting a new chief."
A committee headed up by Brown recently forwarded the names of three candidates for the police chief's job. The process was delayed by administrative mistakes requiring a re-start of the search.
The last list submitted by Brown's committee includes current assistant SPD chief John Orzech.