(June 7, 2013) After a protracted process, the Town of Ocean City could know who its next Chief of Police will be in the next two weeks.
City spokeswoman Jessica Waters confirmed this week that the selection process is down to its final five or six candidates. Six applicants had originally been selected by a review committee to be interviewed by the entire City Council, but one candidate withdrew and may or may not be substituted by the time the interviews are scheduled to take place next week.
“After those interviews, the city manager will be making a recommendation to the mayor and council, and hopefully a selection will be made and a new Police Chief will be named, ideally in the next two weeks,” Waters said. “We’re definitely down to the most qualified candidates.”
After receiving a large number of applications for the position from around the country, Waters said that roughly 13 candidates were interviewed by the city’s screening committee, comprised by City Manager David Recor, Councilman and former City Manager Dennis Dare, Human Resources Director Wayne Evans and Special Projects Manager Wayne Pryor.
Of the six who made the final cut, Waters confirmed that two were internal candidates. Of the Ocean City Police Department’s three captains, two – Capt. Kevin Kirstein and Capt. Michael Colbert – are contends for the top position.
In October of last year, former OCPD Chief of Police Bernadette DiPino was tapped as the next head of the police department in Sarasota, Fla. DiPino left for the Sunshine State in January. Since then, the OCPD’s three captains have been rotating the chiefs’ duties among themselves until a replacement is named.
Recor had said at the outset of the process that he hoped to have a new chief in place by the beginning of the summer season.