Jun 13, 2012 at 8:48 am
ST. CLOUD, MN (KNSI) - With new Foley police chief Brant Strandridge ready to start his new job this weekend, he likely won't be the area's newest police chief for very long.
St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis says his hand-picked panel of community members is gathering resumes to fill the city's vacant police chief position and they already have some solid prospects.
"They've had a lot of applicants and a lot of very qualified applicants from all over the country," Kleis told KNSI. "They'll interview and narrow it down to three. At that point I will interview those folks, and we will make a selection from the final three."
At a basic level, the criteria come down to commitment to St. Cloud and a commitment to public safety.
"I'm looking for, first of all, a long term commitment...someone who's going to take the department in the next 10 years forward," Kleis said. "Someone who's experience is with a city of this size a growing population, a university community...public safety is my top priority, and I want to make sure we have a chief that focuses on that."
The committee will pare the list of applicants to the final three over the next few weeks. The vacancy comes after the retirement of St. Cloud chief Dennis Ballentin. A final selection should be made next month.
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