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Rincon narrows police chief choices
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Rincon City Council members have interviewed three candidates for police chief and may not be done.

Council members talked with two candidates at an executive session Monday night and hold their next regular council meeting Feb. 9. A decision on a new chief could be made then, but the search also may not be over.

“I can’t say that with certainty,” said Mayor Ken Lee. “We may have another one (interview).”

The city received 31 applications for the position by its Dec. 31 deadline. The three candidates council members have interviewed so far are Bill Charles, a lieutenant with the Atlanta Police Department; Bud Pierce of the Thunderbolt Police Department and a retired Savannah-Chatham Metro PD officer; and former Effingham County Sheriff’s Capt. Mike Bohannon.

Lee said the council was pleased to receive 31 applications for the position.

“There were some good, strong candidates,” he said. “We feel good about who we have interviewed.”

Rincon’s police department has been without a chief since council terminated Michael Berry, who had been on the job less than six months. Berry took over for David Schofield, who resigned in March 2008 after 17 months on the job.