ELLSWORTH — City officials are in the process of winnowing a field of two dozen applicants down to a final candidate to become the city’s next police chief.
Human Resources Manager Teri Dane said 24 resumes were received for the police chief’s post. The closing date for applications was last month. City Manager David Cole said he and several city councilors are in the process of conducting a first round of interviews with selected applicants.
Cole declined to identify how many applicants are being interviewed. He said the work of finding a new chief is a “dynamic process.”
Police Chief Chris Coleman announced his intent to resign earlier this year. He was hired to succeed John DeLeo last fall.
Cole said Coleman is set to remain on the job in Ellsworth through the first few days of January. He could leave earlier if he finds another job between now and then, however.
“From here on in, he would give us two weeks notice,” Cole said.
Cole said there were both in- and out-of-state applicants for the chief’s post. The city is being assisted in the search effort by the Maine Chiefs of Police Association.
Taking part in interviews along with Cole are City Council Chairman Bob Crosthwaite and councilors John Moore and Pam Perkins.
Cole said he anticipates a second round of interviews taking place once the first round is completed as part of the process of “narrowing it down.”
He said the goal is to have a new chief named by the time Coleman leaves his post.
“Our hope would be to have the person selected by the end of the year,” Cole said.