Eighty-nine applications were received for the position of Payson police chief, a job that will be vacated by the July 1 retirement of Gordon Gartner.
Through the process of elimination, five candidates were left standing.
On Thursday, these five career police professionals met with residents in a round-table format and met with Payson Town Manager Fred Carpenter on Friday for a final interview.
After combining citizen input and his interview process, Carpenter made a decision and submitted his recommendation for police chief to the Payson Town Council. He recommended Payson Police Commander Don Engler.
Engler has 22 years in law enforcement, a master's degree and hours of additional career training, including the prestigious FBI Academy for local law enforcement.
Much of his experience is right here in Payson. Engler knows our town, its citizens and the issues our police department faces on a daily basis.
We took the time and money to go through an extensive national search, but, in the end, the selection committee and Carpenter believed that the best candidate available was right here at home.
On Thursday, the town council will be asked to ratify that selection. Carpenter made his choice based on experience and professionalism, and we hope the council supports his recommendation of Don Engler as Payson's next police chief.