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Six Applicants Apply For The Livingston Police Chief Position

Six people will be considered for the vacant Livingston police chief position.

Municipal Management Consultant Warren Nevad updated the Livingston Board of Aldermen Monday night. Nevad said six applications were submitted over a six week time frame.

“So our next step is our police consultant and myself will screen the six applications and come up with the top three to be invited to the assessment center process,” Nevad said.

Nevad said the Board of Aldermen must approve the top-three candidates recommended by MTAS. Nevad said the interview process will score the top-three prospects based on eight areas in law enforcement.

‘We scheduled an assessment center for October 21st,” Nevad said. “This will involve a structured interview where they measure the competencies of the applicant as it relates to the position. We’ll also have an exercise to see how they prioritize their time. The third component would be a simulated press conference to the pubic in say of a mock emergency.”

Interim Police Chief Ray Smith confirmed he is among those that have applied.

Nevad said the Mayor and Board of Aldermen will have the final say on the hire after the assessment. Nevad said MTAS’s role does not go any further than screening and interviewing.

The Livingston Mayor and Board of Aldermen approved MTAS leading the hiring process a few months ago.

In other business, a sign on Spruce Street that said no semi-trucks allowed, will be removed. That after Alderman Bill Linder added the item to the Board’s agenda Monday night. Linder said he wanted the sign removed so semi-trucks could make an easier turn and avoid traffic. The board approved the action with no members aware of when the sign was installed.

Prior to the meeting, Aldermen hosted a public hearing for comment on a resolution implementing an employee agreement on training. For example, if an employee was trained at the city’s expense and quit within two years, that person would be liable to repay a prorated rate. No one spoke on the item.

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