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City wraps up APD Chief interviews

By Len Kiese - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany city leaders say they interviewed five of the most qualified police chief candidates they've ever seen.  They hope to release a list of finalists by Friday.

They won't identify the five candidates interviewed by panels of staff and citizens Wednesday because they don't consider them finalists.

That citizens panel included Dougherty County Police Chief Don Cheek, Darton Police Chief Jim Brackin and former Albany Police Chiefs Washington Long and Bobby Johnson.  The staff panel included Assistant City Managers Wes Smith and James Taylor along with City Manager Alfred Lott and Public Works Director Phil Roberson.

Panelists asked questions, took notes and made recommendations to Lott.

"I have to say quite frankly going in that this was the strongest pool of applicants I've ever been involved in interviewing," said Assistant City Manager Wes Smith, "we want to comply with the Georgia Records Act and we feel confident that we did and we want to get a list out as soon as we have a finalist as defined by the law."

Once the list is narrowed, Smith says they should announce two or three finalists this week. He says two of the final five are local candidates and he expects to have a Chief on the job in about six weeks.

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