Sep 7, 2012 3:57 PM by Madelyn Monteath, KSBY News

Paso Robles City closed applications process for new police chief, but far from being complete

The City of Paso Robles closed the application process for hiring a new police chief on August 31st. The City manager says there were 60 applicants who applied for the position, half from California, the other half from out of state.

Preliminary screening will get underway and will be conducted by an outside firm the city has hired to help. Avery and Associates will begin the interview process which is expected to take a couple months. The company plans to conduct a paper screening, interview process and contact the applicants references. When those are complete the company will narrow the search down to about 6 to 8 candidates and then present that to the City of Paso Robles.

Then the second round of interviews start. The candidates will then be presented to 3 interview panel each made up of a city police chief, 2 citizens, a police officer and a member of a city management.

The city will decided how to select the citizens that will be involved in the selection process at the next City Council meeting expected to take place on September 18th.

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