Powder Springs 1 step closer to new police chief
by Marcus E. Howard
May 19, 2011 12:00 AM | 4009 views | 4 4 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
POWDER SPRINGS - Powder Springs should have a list of candidates for police chief within a week, City Manager Rick Eckert said.

The city has received 31 applications since its April 29 deadline to fill the position left vacant after former police chief L. Rick Richardson was fired in February. A group of law enforcement officials from different agencies is reviewing candidates. Nearly all the applicants are from Georgia, the city manager said.

"The process is going very smoothly, and we should have the final candidates selected within a week," Eckert said. "Backgrounds will be done on the finalists and then a choice will be submitted to the Council for approval."

Eckert said no interviews have been conducted.

According to the city, the police chief is nominated by the city manager and confirmed by the mayor and city council.

The new chief will oversee 30 sworn officers and four civilian employees. The department has an operating budget of roughly $3 million.

Minimum qualifications include at least 10 years of "progressively responsible" law enforcement experience with at least five years in a supervisory role. A bachelor's degree in criminal justice, public administration or a related field is required. Candidates must have also completed and maintain state-mandated police officer training certification.

Applicants were required to submit an employment application, a letter of interest, a resume and three professional references.

The current police chief salary is $75,000, but a new salary will depend on education, experience and length of service, Eckert said.

Former chief Richardson was placed on leave in November. He was then fired after allegedly selling city property, including three police vehicles, without authorization.

Cobb Police Maj. Tom Arnold has been serving as interim police chief since early April.
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Can't wait
May 19, 2011
How much closer is the city to getting a new mayor? Good luck major
Simple Simon
May 19, 2011
He is only acting as the chief when he is on his furlough days.
Patricia Staten, Mar
May 19, 2011
Cobb County Police is a high level (county) than the city police. DUH

Just Wait
May 19, 2011
I'm still baffled at how a full time officer of the Cobb PD can be acting chief of Powder Springs. Please explain?
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