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Council Hopes to Fill Two KPD Slots
August 15, 2007 - One of two Knightstown Town Council members serving on a screening committee that is interviewing candidates for the town's chief of police position and an opening for a full-time patrol officer said she hopes both vacancies will be filled by month's end.
Council member Valerie Trump told The Banner on Tuesday that the town has received five applications for the chief of police position, and three for patrol officer. She said that she and fellow council member Cort Swincher were set to interview three of the applicants Tuesday night, and plan to interview the other five on Friday.
Following their interviews with the applicants, Trump said she and Swincher will likely recommend that between three and five of the applicants for chief be interviewed by the full council. Similarly, she said a recommendation will be made that the council interview two or more of the patrol officer candidates. "If we think they all should be considered, we may take them all to the council," Trump said. "We want to make sure we get the right ones."
Earl Patterson stepped down as the town's police chief in early July. At their July 18 meeting, members of the Knightstown Town Council voted unanimously to appoint part-time officer Danny Baker as the interim chief of the Knightstown Police Department. Baker is one of the applicants vying for the chief's job. In related news, the town council hired a part-time officer during a special meeting on Monday, July 30.
Trump said the new part-time officer, Tom Jenkins, is a 43-year-old Charlottesville resident who worked as a full-time patrol officer for the Greenfield City Police Dept. from 1996 to 2000. She said Jenkins is currently employed as an engine repair manager with Rolls Royce Corp. in Indianapolis.
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