Hendersonville, TN narrows chief search to 3 candidates

The Brass Key | September 22, 2010 | Comments (0)

Interim Police Chief Jim Jones is still in the running for the permanent position he’s temporarily filling, according to Hendersonville Mayor Scott Foster.

Jones became interim police chief in July following the retirement of Terry Frizzell. A 25-year veteran of the department that employs nearly 100 officers, Jones has moved up through the ranks and was named to the department’s No. 2 post two years ago.

Foster said the field of candidates, which included 71 officers from across the country, has been narrowed down to three qualified applicants. He declined to say who the other two candidates are or where they are from.

The city has consulted with the Municipal Technical Advisory Service on the search. Most recently, MTAS representatives, as well as a group of city managers and police chiefs, conducted assessment tests and interviews with six candidates at the end of last month.

Foster said he plans to meet with the chairmen of the city’s four standing committees – aldermen Tommy Elsten, Jack Long, Garry Forsythe and Fred Qualls – for their input.

“We’ll have a conversation about the final interview,” Foster said, adding he plans to interview the final three candidates with those committee members present.

Foster added he has received input from several aldermen who approve of the job Jones is doing. He said he hopes to conduct the interviews within the next two to three weeks and reach a decision shortly after that.

Source: Tena Lee, Hendersonville Star News

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