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Council gets police chief update

All five of the candidates who took the police chief exam passed the first part and will proceed to the assessment stage, Service-Safety Director James Holycross told the Bellefontaine City Council on Tuesday.


“I can tell you from personal experience the assessments are quite challenging and are a very good tool for evaluating the candidates,” he said.


Oct. 22, Acting Chief Lt. Ron Birt and sergeants Allen Shields, Brandon Standley, Ed Peters and Rick Herring will go through the five- to six-hour process before peers in their field.


Points from the exam and the assessment plus longevity and military service will be used to rank the five. After that, a local panel selected by the Bellefontaine Civil Service Commission will interview the candidates to make a final selection.

That, Mr. Holycross said, could happen by the end of October or in early November.

Councilman Jerry Pitzer questioned whether or not Civil Service Commission member Art Harper should be involved any further now that he has been named as Republican mayoral challenger Robert Lentz’s choice for service-safety director.

City Law Director Howard Traul II, also a Republican, did not think there was a conflict but he would check into it.

Mr. Holycross said he did not anticipate any changes in the process which involves a local committee composed of a civil service commission member, a community member, the service-safety director and a representative from the council’s Safety Committee.


For more on Tuesday's regular meeting of council, see Wednesday's edition of the Examiner.

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