CHARLES TOWN — The five-member committee formed to hire a police chief for Charles Town received well over 100 applications for the position.
City Manager Joe Cosentini, who sits on the committee, said the field has ben narrowed down to about 15 or 16 candidates.
“We made our initial cut and have asked for more information from 15 or 16 applicants,” Cosentini said. “The deadline for them to answer is (Friday).”
Cosentini said once that data is returned the committee will reduce that number to a final field of five or six applicants.
“Then we will do face-to-face interviews,” he said.
Depending on how the interviews go, Cosentini said, the city could have a new police chief sometime in May.
In addition to Cosentini, the five-member committee includes, Mayor Peggy Smith, councilman Don Clendening, Ed Boober, and former police chief Barry Subelsky.
Subelsky retired from the force Jan. 6 where he had served for six years.