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Chambersburg police chief selection process could last until fall

January 29, 2008|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The process of finding a replacement for retired Chambersburg Police Chief Michael T. DeFrank will likely take until the late summer or early fall, beginning with the selection of a Top 10 list of candidates by the Pennsylvania Police Chief's Association.

DeFrank, 61, retired earlier this month after heading up the Chambersburg Police Department for a quarter of a century. With 34 full-time officers, the department takes the largest bite out of the borough's general fund at more than $3 million.

At its Jan. 7 meeting, the Borough Council appointed a selection committee to begin the process of choosing his successor.

Assistant Borough Manager David Finch said the committee recommended enlisting the services of the 1,500-member chief's association in advertising for the position, selecting the top 20 applicants and then conducting initial interviews.

The association would then send its list of the top 10, who would then be interviewed by the selection committee, Finch said. That process would narrow the number of candidates to five or six, he said.

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The finalists would then go through an "assessment center" process, said Finch. That would be a series of tactical exercises and other tests to gauge their performance under different situations, he said.

The assessment center would likely be conducted by a company or organization with experience in that area, said Finch. The best person to emerge from that would then be recommended to the council by the selection committee, he said.

The time line calls for the top 10 to be picked by the end of May, for the assessment center to be completed by the end of July and for the prospective chief to be recommended to the council by late August, Finch said.

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