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Police chief search narrowed to four

By Gary Popp
Published in News on April 12, 2012 1:46 PM

Goldsboro officials have narrowed the search for a new police chief to four candidates.

The short-list of candidates includes Maj. Jeff Stewart, who has served as the department's interim chief since the retirement of Tim Bell more than year ago.

The other three candidates are not residents of Wayne County, Goldsboro City Manager Scott Stevens confirmed Wednesday.

As city manager, Stevens will make the final decision on who is appointed to the department's top position. He said he intends on making the appointment within the next four weeks.

The four candidates vying for the open chief position were subjected to a nearly day-long assessment process on Tuesday.

The panel of assessors was made up of four current city of Goldsboro department heads, a retired Goldsboro police chief, an active member of District Attorney's Office, an official from the Goldsboro Housing Authority and an official from a police department outside of Wayne County.

Stevens said all four candidates are still in contention but that two stood out. Still, he said, he expects to have to make a tough decision.

"After weighing all the pros and cons, I think I will have a difficult choice to make, which is what I wanted."