Ellsworth Police Chief Chris Coleman FILE PHOTO

Application deadline for city police chief’s post is this Friday



ELLSWORTH — As the city’s current police chief prepares to leave his post by the end of the year, the application deadline for those who want to succeed him has arrived.

Applications are due by this Friday, Nov. 13.

The need to find a new police chief arose when Chris Coleman announced in late September his intent to resign as the city’s top law enforcement officer.

Coleman, who was hired last August and started work Oct. 1, 2014, said he now wants to do something other than law enforcement. He said it was not an easy decision to leave the Ellsworth job but said it proved too similar to his work over 25 years with the Maine State Police.

Coleman will remain on the job in Ellsworth until the end of 2015, unless he finds another job during the month of December. In that case, he has told city leaders he will give two weeks notice.

“He’s been very generous,” said City Manager David Cole of Coleman. “He’s been very good about that.”

The Friday deadline represents an extension of the application process, and Cole said that was simply to get as many applicants as possible for the position.

“We extended it just to make sure we had the broadest pool possible,” Cole said. “It was not a reflection on the quality of the candidates whose applications had been received up to that point.”

Cole said applications are being sent to Human Resources Manager Teri Dane, who in turn is passing them on to the Maine Chiefs of Police Association.

“They’re reviewing the applications,” Cole said. “They’re making some recommendations to us.”

City officials will use those recommendations in helping to decide which candidates they want to interview. After interviews are completed and a candidate is selected for appointment to the chief’s position, the City Council will have the final say on approving the appointment.

Cole said in a perfect world all of that would be done by the time Coleman leaves, but said that may not be possible.

“If there’s a gap in between [Coleman and the new chief], we’ll have to deal with it,” he said, “once we have a feel for how things are going.”

Overall, Cole said, he and other city officials are working to strike a balance between moving in a timely fashion and making sure the city makes a good choice in its next police chief.

“We want to get this done — it’s an important position to fill,” Cole said. “But at the same time, we want to do it right.”

Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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