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Rincon begins search for a new police chief
Mayor believes city will get strong pool of candidates
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Rincon’s search for a new chief of police has begun.

Four days after city council denied former chief Michael Berry’s appeal, the city advertised for the position that has been vacant since Sept. 10.

The recent turmoil surrounding Rincon’s police department and the allegations against the former police chief has shaken the city’s administration. The same day council dismissed Berry, they also terminated detective Scott Collins. And a little less than two months later, city council placed Donald Toms on administrative leave, leaving the city without a city manager.

Yet Mayor Ken Lee said they have already received applications and he’s not concerned about the pool of applicants.

“We feel very confident that we will have some very qualified people apply and be considered,” he said.

Rincon has had three police chiefs in the past two years, but Lee said the council is taking careful measures to ensure a better selection the next time around.

“We have had more chiefs than we would have preferred, but we are making sure that we pick the most qualified person,” the mayor said.

In the job announcement, some of council’s requirements include previous experience as a chief, deputy chief or other similar command position along with a minimum of seven years of law enforcement supervisory experience. A bachelor’s degree in public administration, business administration, political science criminal justice or related field and/or experience also is required.

As of now, the mayor and council have not designated anyone in particular to screen the candidates nor have they appointed an interview committee. However, council will participate in the process, Lee said.

The deadline to apply is Dec. 31.