Hiring the new police chief is of great importance to everyone so naturally there was almost no members of the public attending the interviews yesterday at City Hall. Dian and I as well as Jean Ivey from the paper tried to catch each interview as they were staggered throughout the day. Two other citizens, Bob Main was one, did join for part of the process.

Each candidate was asked a series of 25 questions and while I missed Sgt Smith’s interview all the other candidates talked about having the officers park their cars and walk the streets as one way to increase accessibility and communication between the public and the PD. As I have written before, I think that would help tremendously in building a working relationship between the citizen and the PD.

The four candidates I was able to listen to all seem very competent, capable and a couple of them are even affable. O’Connor estimates a decision to be made within three weeks or so.