New Milford Mayor Patricia Murphy said the field of 57 candidates to succeed Colin McCormack as the town’s police chief has been narrowed to 25 semi-finalists and by the end of the month the seven finalists will be interviewed.
She said the pool of contenders “has been very impressive,” noting that, as expected, the chance to oversee a department in a suburban town with a good reputation has attracted some well-qualified candidates.
Ms. Murphy said that, as of the moment, it appears that the town will be able to have the new chief on the job by October, which had been the goal ever since the search began this spring for a successor to Mr. McCormack, who has been the chief for 10 years and received much praise for his work.
Mr. McCormack, who announced his retirement this spring, had initially planned to retire at the end of June but agreed to continue work on a month-to-month basis until his successor is in place.
Several other veteran staff members, including Deputy Chief Norbert Lillis, also retired in early summer, and it appears that the department will be undergoing a transition during the coming months.
Consultant Randi Frank, the former assistant town manager in Newington and Rocky Hill, met with municipal officials and residents in May to get a profile of New Milford.
At the time, she also was conducting searches for police chiefs in Bridgeport and Bloomfield.
Ms. Murphy said Ms. Frank provided written questions of potential scenarios to the candidates that they had to submit as part of their application for the position.
The mayor said that portion of the application provided insight into how the candidates would respond to various practical situations associated with the job.
Ms. Murphy said there have been candidates from as far away as Arizona seeking the position.
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