By Diana Bowley, Of the NEWS Staff - DEXTER - The Dexter Town Council has a pool of 20 applicants for the position of police chief.The individuals who filed applications by the Feb. 20 deadline live in California, Connecticut, Tennessee, Massachusetts, Georgia and Maine. Six of the candidates work with the Dexter Police Department either full time or as reserve officers, according to Town Manager Robert Simpson.
The position opened with the retirement of David Clukey, who served the community for many years. Sgt. Jim Emerson is serving as acting police chief.
"I think we've got a good group to work from," the town manager said Monday.
The backgrounds of the applicants vary from 40 years in law enforcement with the Los Angles Police Department to four years of service with a small police department. The educational backgrounds of the candidates also vary from doctoral degrees to criminal justice academy training, he said.
Simpson said he was amazed that the position garnered interest from people from as far away as California.
Town councilors have committed themselves to interviewing the five in-house candidates who submitted applications early when the job opening was first announced, according to Simpson. The sixth officer to file from in-house submitted his application later in the process and may or may not be included in the interviews. The council also will select a number from the pool of candidates from outside the local department to interview. It is expected that a new chief will be named by the end of March.
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