AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - Americus leaders are close to hiring a police chief a year and a half after forcing the last chief out.
City council members narrowed 80 applicants to seven, and hope to have a new chief in place by January.
The Chief Administrative Officer says it's especially important to hire the right person after a recent increase in crime and being without a chief for so long.
"We need a good fit for the community. We are a community that's in the midst of change right now and we're wanting someone that's going to embrace Americus and be a part of that community," said Laura Lee Bernstein, Americus Chief Administrative Officer.
No one within the department applied. Former chief Mark Gerbino resigned in May 2013 after the city council announced plans to fire him.
Majors Richard McCorkle and Herman Lamar are serving as interim heads of the department.