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53 police chief candidates up for council discussion

The selection process for a police chief continues Monday after Decatur City Council President Billy Jackson called a meeting to discuss top candidates. Jackson said the council will meet at 6 p.m. to talk about their choices.

Chief Joel Gilliam announced his retirement in November. He delegated his duties to Deputy Police Chief Ken Collier on Thursday, but will remain with the department until Feb. 23.

The council authorized a national search for leading candidates. Jackson said 53 people responded.

“We’ll sit down and see who we want to interview,” Jackson said. “It shouldn’t be a long, drawn-out process. We want as seamless of a transition as possible to move right into the next administration.”

After perusing resumes, Jackson said he found some strong candidates, including Collier, a 36-year veteran of the department.

Chris Paschenko

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