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Hiring of police chief likely soon
Friday, March 7, 2014
A new Martinsville police chief is expected to be announced by the end of next week, according to City Manager Leon Towarnicki.
About 20 people applied for the job. Interviews were scheduled with eight, but two withdrew from consideration, and a panel of city department heads and constitutional officers interviewed the other six, Towarnicki said.
The panel reduced the number of applicants being considered to four, and representatives of the Virginia Police Chiefs Association — from which the city requested help — interviewed those candidates and now are reviewing their strengths and weaknesses, according to Towarnicki.
He said he expects a front-runner to emerge “in the next day or two,” and then the person’s references and background can be checked and the person can undergo a required drug test.
If all of those things go well, “we can officially make someone an offer” and, if he or she accepts, publicly announce the hiring, Towarnicki said.
“I hope we can get it done by next week,” he said. “I feel confident that we can.”
Towarnicki declined to identify any of the candidates interviewed or say anything about them, such as if any already live or work locally.
Former police chief Mike Rogers retired in August after working for the Martinsville Police Department for 33 years. He had been its chief since October 1999.
Police Capt. Eddie Cassady has served as interim chief since Rogers left. Cassady has said that he applied for the permanent job.