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Rincon to start interviews for police chief
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Rincon may be moving quickly to fill its vacant police chief job.

City Manager Donald Toms said a selection committee is set to interview two candidates later this week, one from the Atlanta Police Department and another from the Newport News (Va.) Police Department.

The police chief’s job became open when David Schofield, who had been leading the Rincon Police Department since October 2006, submitted his resignation last week. His last official day on the job is Tuesday.

The two candidates to be interviewed this week have met the qualifications the city is looking for, Toms said. In its ad on the Georgia Municipal Association’s Web site, the city is looking for candidates with at least 15 years of experience and a background in training. They also want candidates who have had supervisory experience in police departments with at least 100 certified officers.

Schofield, who served in a Marine artillery unit in Vietnam, had been in law enforcement for 38 years before deciding to step down. He had been chief of the Woodstock Police Department before coming to Rincon.

The selection committee consists of Toms, City Clerk Wanda Hendrix and two current officers. The Rincon police force is being asked to submit a list of 20 questions to be asked to the candidates for the chief’s position.

Sgt. Freddy Wagner is handling the day-to-day duties of the chief in the interim.