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67 vie for police chief post

February 10, 1998|By AMY WALLAUER

67 vie for police chief post

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The City of Martinsburg has received 67 applications for police chief and will hire one of them within two to three months, said City Manager Mark Baldwin.

Friday was the last day the Martinsburg City Council accepted applications for the position Wayne Cleveland vacated in January to become chief in Hopewell, Va.

Capt. Ted Anderson has been acting police chief since Cleveland's departure.

Baldwin would not disclose where the applicants are from or if any were in-house because the hiring procedure is a personnel matter.

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Baldwin hasn't begun narrowing down the pile of applications yet for the $36,800 to $46,000 position. He will select three to five applicants for interviews.

"I think between myself and council we're going to look obviously at someone who has a good police background - police budgeting, police personnel and good hands-on experience, someone who has come up through the ranks," Baldwin said.

Baldwin said the ideal candidate will have experience managing a staff similar to Martinsburg's - 40 to 44 officers, five dispatchers, two clerks and a systems operator - and will be capable of managing the $2.5 million police department budget.

"We want to make sure we hire someone who has been through all the basics of being a police officer, but can still give direction and be sensitive to issues at hand," Baldwin said.

Mayor Earnest Sparks said Anderson has done a fine job as acting chief, but it's time to find a permanent replacement.

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