Am very pleased to report that several people have submitted letters or stopped by The Sentinel to pick up a form letter to apply to be on the hiring committee.

We should really start drafting a list of the qualities we hope to see in a new police chief. Beyond the obvious legal requirements for the job, I am hoping for a real leader with public communication skills and an interest in the ever changing social needs of this little community.

It would be nice to have a chief who puts some emphasis on physical fitness as well. (Some of those officers do not have the best profiles). A chief who walks down the street and says hello to his or her fellow citizens and encourages the officers to do the same.

Probably, given the unsolved crimes we have here, especially the murder of Leah Freeman, a chief with some detective experience would be mega cool also.

Any suggestions from anyone else?