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Public to have chance to meet police chief candidate
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 There will be two public, open meetings later this week to give residents, City Council members and others an opportunity to meet the finalist for the job of Great Bend police chief.
The first is set for 6-6:30 p.m. Thursday and the second for 10-11 a.m. Friday, both at the City Office, 1209 Williams. Refreshments will be served.
The Police Chief Selection Committee interviewed three candidates Feb. 5. They are bringing the finalist back to Great Bend for a final interview, tour of the city, and a chance to meet with members of the Police Department, city department heads and other officials, as well as the general public.
The committee, which was named in December of last year, includes Mayor Mike Allison, City Administrator Howard Partington, City Attorney Bob Suelter and city Human Resources Director Terry Hoff. It also included a police chief from a similarly sized community and a police chief or sheriff who has experience with such a search.
“This is our chosen candidate that we are bringing to you,” Partington said. “The committee is very excited.
Partington has been filling in as acting chief following the December resignation of long-time Chief Dean Akings who had served in that post since 1983.