Down To 5 Finalists For Police Chief

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The committee assisting Town Manager Fred Carpenter in the task of selecting a new police chief has released its list of five finalists for the position.

The finalists include William Baker from Maine, and Michael Cline, Sherwood Eldredge, Don Engler and Gregg Jacquin, all from Arizona.

The finalists will participate in a roundtable discussion with members of the community Thursday, May 31, beginning at 5:45 p.m. at Frontier Elementary School.

At the public session, community members will split up into different rooms, each with a facilitator. Each candidate will rotate into each room. The candidates will have a few minutes to talk about themselves and answer questions from the public. Community members present will be asked to rate each candidate at the conclusion of each session.

Results will be compiled for the seven-member search committee, composed of council members and residents, as part of the selection process.

The committee will recommend a candidate to Carpenter June 1.

Carpenter will also interview each of the candidates June 1 and ultimately has the final decision on who the next police chief will be. His decision then goes to the town council for approval.

Payson's current police chief, Gordon Gartner, is retiring July 1. The new chief of police is expected to be in place by then.

Eighty-nine people applied for the position. Of the 21 semifinalists, three withdrew their names from consideration.

The search committee for the new police chief includes Mayor Bob Edwards, Vice Mayor Tim Fruth, Councilor Su Connell and citizens Kathy Baas, Andy Sarcinella and Ross Skinner. One member resigned.

Carpenter would not comment on the resignation.

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