Panel continues search for police chief

January 06, 1997


Staff Writer

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A police advisory committee will meet next week to discuss the hiring of a new police chief for Charles Town out of 37 applicants who have applied.

Mayor Randolph Hilton said that applications have come in from across the country for the position.

The committee will meet on Jan. 13 to discuss the hiring of a new chief.

The 14-member committee was not able to meet during the holidays, Hilton said.

Hilton said he's been pleased with the work done by the police advisory committee.

The committee was appointed following a study by the International Association of Chiefs of Police released last October that made 33 recommendations to improve the department.


Hilton said he wanted a committee that would give residents "ownership in the process and in the police service."

The committee is made up of residents from different neighborhoods, business leaders and council members.

"We tried to establish a committee that reflects the community," Hilton said.

Among the recommendations made by the study was the hiring of a police chief to head the 12-officer department. The department's daily operations are headed by Capt. Louis Brunswick.

Hilton said the police advisory committee is trying to be as thorough as possible.

The list of 37 applicants for the job will be narrowed down before interviews take place, he said.

"I think we got a good response," Hilton said.

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