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Decision on new police chief expected in a week and a half

By Allen Turner, The News Reporter

Whiteville City Manager Darren Currie says it probably will be another week to week and a half before he is able to reach a decision on his top pick for the new Whiteville chief of police and make a job offer to his first choice to replace former Chief Jeff Rosier, who retired Aug. 29.

Currie and a panel from inside and outside the city government interviewed six finalists for the position the last week in August, but further progress in the selection process – such as running background checks and talking with references – was delayed as the city hunkered down for Hurricane Dorian.

“We’d have liked to have gotten all that done before now,” Currie said Monday, “but getting ready for the storm kind of put us behind.”

Although 28 people applied for the post, in-person interviews were only conducted with the top six finalists, a determination made from applications and resumes submitted by all applicants.

Currie would like to have the new police chief on the city payroll by Oct. 1; however, he conceded that the start date could be delayed, depending on how much notice the successful applicant has to give at his or her current place of employment. (Allen Turner)

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