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City interviews chief candidates

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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

February  3, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Five candidates vying for the position of Chief of the Albany Police Department are in town this week.

Seven candidates were invited to Albany for initial screenings and interviews. For personal reasons, two of those candidates couldn't come.

Now, the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police is conducting a two day initial screening of the five remaining candidates. They'll be ranked and the top candidates will proceed in the process.   

"They're doing some significant technical assessment, both of their policing abilities and we've also set up some exercises for them to test on things that are important to the city of Albany, budget issues, working with other police departments within the same jurisdiction, those types of things," said Assistant City Manager Wes Smith.

It's the city's goal to offer the position to the top candidate by the end of this month.

Chief Wilma Griffin has been serving as the department's interim commander since James Younger resigned January 1st.

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