Opelika one step closer in finding new police chief

Opelika one step closer in finding new police chief

OPELIKA, AL (WTVM) - It has been nearly two and a half weeks since former Opelika Police Chief, Tommy Mangham, went into retirement.

Now the City of Opelika is working hard to fill this position.

"Of course we want a leader; we want a person who can lead the men and women of the Opelika Police Department.," explains Opelika Mayor Gary Fuller.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the city had received 41 applications for the position, none of which were internal department candidates.

"The last many, many years the new chief has been someone who has been in the police department. We did not have any applicants from the police department, so it will be an outsider for sure," says Fuller.

On Fuller's checklist, the ideal candidate must have an experienced law enforcement background with a minimum educational requirement of a bachelor's degree.

They must also have proficient administrative skills to handle the second largest city department budget of $8.5 million for 2013.

Although the naming of a new police chief will happen within the next couple of weeks, Mayor Fuller says he will take his time, knowing the department is currently in good hands.

"I don't have to rush and that's a blessing because we have such good leadership. Captain Ed Clark is the interim police chief and he is doing a fine job," explains Fuller.

The application deadline is Friday, March 22.

Fuller says he will then take the applications and narrow them down to four or five candidates.

The interview process will then follow with the hope of making an announcement sometime in April.

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