The process to hire a new City of Turlock Police Chief keeps moving forward and is now in the last stages as the candidate field has been narrowed to three finalists.
The Turlock Police Chief recruitment drew over 40 applicants, and was narrowed down to six candidates by recruitment firm, Teri Black & Company LLC, hired by the City of Turlock at a cost of $25,000. Phone interviews were then conducted to narrow the field of candidates even more.
Six candidates were interviewed by a Community Panel, Professional Panel and Department Head Panel.
That group was then narrowed to the three candidates, all from the west coast.
On Thursday, January 12, 2012, at 5:30pm, the Turlock City Council held a Special Meeting at the Turlock Unified School District (TUSD) Offices to discuss in Closed Session the appointment of the Turlock Police Chief. Councilwoman Amy Bublak attended via teleconference from Indianapolis, Indiana.
No action has been taken by Council while Turlock City Manager Roy Wasden has reported that the City Council has met with and interviewed the three finalists.
The Police Chief hiring process was progressing along on Friday as Wasden said, “We completed final interviews today and I have gathered all the feedback and candidate files and will be reviewing for my final decision. Once that is done there will be contact with the candidate and the requisite due diligence.”
While a final candidate may be chosen any day now, the candidate’s identity will not be made known until the next step in the hiring process.
“We will then need to reach agreement with the candidate and then present him to Council for confirmation,” said City Manager Wasden. “I hope to have everything in place to confirm my appointment to Police Chief no later than the February 14th Council meeting.”
Wasden, a former Police Chief himself, stated how pleased he was with the candidates.
“I am very impressed with both the experience and caliber of the entire candidate pool.”
The City of Turlock Police Department has been under the direction of Interim Turlock Police Chief Dave Young after former Turlock Police Chief Gary Hampton resigned on July 31, 2011 and went to work as Police Chief for the City of Tracy.