Next Police Chief?
Many people in High Springs want to know who their next police chief will be.Â A community 'meet and greet' was held so people couldÂ find out more about the eight candidates. Last September, 57-year-old Ray Kaminskas died of a heart attack. Since then the city manger has been looking for his replacement.
What started out as 70 applicants has been narrowed down to eight candidates. City Manager Jim Drumm says the process hasÂ consisted ofÂ extensive interviews and background checks.
"It's not an election or a public opinion, but we want to pick someone that's very community oriented and we'd weigh a lot of the opinions of our citizens and the things they might have to say," says High Springs Manager, Jim Drumm.
The eight candidates running for the spot are the current interim police chief Lieutenant Gordon Fullwood, Chief Steven Burch of Crystal River, Captain James Nygaard from Lee County, Lieutenant Charles Reed from West Palm Beach, Lieutenant Bruce Ross from South Miami, Captian Lee Spector from Fort Lauderdale, Lieutenant Jim Troiano from Alachua County, and Chief Phillip Williams from Lake Placid.
Many of the people who came out say they're looking for a chief that's approachable and involved in the community.
They say the most important issues they'd like to see addressed are crime and safety.
Thalia Hayden, WCJB TV20 News.
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