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APD Chief job draws many applicants

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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

January 6, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Thirty-nine people applied to be Albany's next Chief of Police. Monday was the last day the city accepted applications for the position vacated at the end of the year by Chief James Younger.

Assistant City Manager Wes Smith couldn't say who applied locally, but he did say applications were received from all over the United States.

"We actually received quite a good pool of candidates," said Smith. "There were a total of 39 and only one of which that we had to take out as not meeting the general qualifications. We're working with the Georgia Police Chief's association they have begun the culling process and we anticipate a short list ready for additional testing next week."

Five to seven applicants will be put through that testing. A smaller list will actually meet with city officials for an interview.

The city also had a hand in selecting the assessment team that will screen the candidates.

It includes chiefs who are familiar with Albany. City officials hope to fill the position by the end of February.

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