Presque Isle seeks suggestions for new police chief

Posted Oct. 27, 2010, at 6:27 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:49 a.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — City Manager Jim Bennett announced Wednesday evening that he would be turning to the community and other stakeholders to help find the city’s next police chief.

Bennett has submitted a police chief selection process to the City Council. As part of the process, residents will be able to provide their suggestions regarding the position.

Beginning Nov. 1, residents can log on to the city website, www.presqueisle.govoffice2.com, to provide suggestions. Bennett also will hold two informal meetings for residents to share their thoughts with him.

The first meeting will be held 9:30-10:30 a.m. Nov. 5 in the Council Chambers at City Hall. The second will take place 7-8:30 a.m. Nov. 6 at the Presque Isle Inn & Convention Center.

“I plan to use a cross section of individuals to serve as an interview panel for the position,” Bennett said. “The panel will review the resumes received and determine the candidates to interview. They will recommend at least three candidates to my office for final consideration.”

The seven-person panel will consist of two City Council members, one union representative, one Chamber of Commerce representative, one member of the city management team and two residents.

Any residents interested in participating in this process can volunteer their services at one of the meetings scheduled above. Residents can also offer their services or make suggestions on the comment page on the city website, by mail to the city manager at 12 Second Street, Presque Isle 04769 or by phone at 760-2785, no later than Nov. 11.

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