The selection process for new chief Roswell Police Department is drawing to a close as the deadline to replace the incumbent is approaching. Interim Chief Dennis J. Kintigh serves his last day on Jan. 17. Then he will take his place as state representative for District 57 in Santa Fe.
â€œWe hope to announce the selection on Jan. 3,â€ said City Manger Larry Fry. Nine candidates applied. One withdrew. All the candidates have a background in law enforcement.
The new chief will have to be certified as a law enforcement officer in the state of New Mexico. Some applications have come from out of state. â€œThereâ€™s one from Florida, but most came from the region,â€ said Fry. Fry describes the process as challenging. â€œWe want the best we can find for the city of Roswell.â€ The position requires a number of skills.
â€œWe have many different needs,â€ he said. The chief manages 125 employees, not just officers, but staff as well. He organizes the budget and develops policies and procedures, Fry said. The city manager has narrowed the field to four, but did not name the remaining candidates. The last applicant interview was completed on Wednesday.
The next stage of the selection process is to perform the standard background checks on the finalists before announcing the successful candidate. â€œItâ€™s always challenging. You have to come up with the best from a number of outstanding candidates,â€ Fry said. A number of people have expressed their opinion to Fry, both members of the public and within the department, as to who would be the best chief. â€œEveryone has an opinion,â€ said Fry.