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Friday, April 4, 2008

City Administrator Makes Police Chief Recommendation

   Lawrenceburg’s City Administrator has made his recommendation to city leaders regarding the individual he feels should fill the position of Chief of Police.

   Lawrenceburg City Administrator William McLain has been working to narrow the field of candidates for the position, left vacant with the early retirement of former Police Chief Terry Shay. Since Shay’s retirement, Assistant Chief Neal Skinner has served as Interim Police Chief. Skinner requested that he not be considered to fill the Chief’s position, due to the fact that he plans to retire in July.

   Under the city’s charter, the city administrator is tasked with recommending a candidate for police chief. The measure must then garner the approval of the Board of Mayor and Commissioners.

   During a work session Friday morning, McLain indicated his recommendation to fill the position of Police Chief is Captain Anthony Nugent. A long-time employee of the Lawrenceburg Police Department, McLain explained that he feels Nugent is knowledgeable and has a vision for the department. He told commissioners that Nugent is well respected by coworkers, and that he has worked his way up through the ranks of the department, from patrolman to his current post as investigator.

   McLain explained that he had developed an interview process that included twenty-eight questions asked of all candidates. He followed the same formula, he said, throughout the interview process.

   The commission will hold an interview with Nugent at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, April 10, just prior to the board’s bi-monthly business meeting, set to begin at 10:00 a.m. The panel is expected to vote on the recommendation during the meeting.