58 candidates apply for chief of Westminster police force

October 14, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Nearly 60 candidates are seeking to fill the vacancy for Westminster's police chief, the city's finance director said yesterday after the deadline for applying for the job passed.

The finance director, Joseph D. Urban, said Friday that the city had received 30 applications. After yesterday's 4 p.m. deadline, he gave the number of applicants as 58.

He would not identify the candidates, saying that the list was a city personnel issue that is not public information.

Urban's department will sort through the applications and categorize them: highly qualifed, qualified and not qualified. Then a search committee made up of elected city officials and law enforcement managers will review the applications, make recommendations and interview a short list of candidates. Mayor Kevin E. Dayhoff also has appointed a racially diverse community group to meet with candidates in response to criticism he received for choosing an all-white search committee.

The city's Common Council will weigh in with recommendations, but the mayor will make the job offer, which could be as early as December.

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