Finding the next police chief

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By Stephen Lega

Lebanon Police Chief Shelton Young will be retiring. His last day as the police chief will be Jan. 31.

With that in mind, Councilman Bill Pickerill asked what the process will be to find the next chief during the Lebanon City Council's regular monthly meeting Monday evening.

Mayor Gary Crenshaw said he will post the vacancy at the police department and he will advertise the vacancy publicly.

Pickerill asked if there was a law enforcement magazine where it could be advertised. Crenshaw said there are "all types" of publications.

He added that he has not yet created the criteria for the next chief, and in response to a question from Councilwoman Kate Palagi, Crenshaw said he would create the criteria before posting the vacancy.

Pickerill asked how long the process might take.

Crenshaw said 60 days from the time it is posted, although Lebanon City Administrator John O. Thomas added that there could be a delay to conduct a background check.

Crenshaw continued to say that, as with other city positions, the mayor would hire someone with the city council's concurrence.