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Prescott Police Chief search yields 31 applicants

PRESCOTT – More than 30 applicants from around the country have indicated interest in becoming Prescott’s new police chief.

Melissa Fousek, human resources analyst for the city, reported Wednesday, May 18, that the city’s recent posting for a new police chief had produced 31 applications.

“We have them from all over the country,” Fousek said, adding that she could not be more specific on whether the field includes Arizona or Prescott candidates until the finalists are chosen.

The human resources department currently is screening the 31 applications to come up with the top half-dozen or so. “We plan on narrowing them down to a pool of five or six candidates for Skype interviews,” Fousek said.

After that round of telecommunication interviews, the field likely would be narrowed again to two or three top candidates, Fousek said, adding that the city would then conduct face-to-face interviews with the finalists.

Depending on the travel arrangements for possible out-of-state applicants, the finalist interviews could occur by about mid-June, Fousek added.

The city began advertising for the position in mid-April, after current Police Chief Jerald Monahan submitted his resignation. The deadline for submitting a cover letter, resume, application, and pre-screening questionnaire was 5 p.m. Monday, May 16.

The city’s job posting, which listed Monahan’s current salary as $136,000 per year, included qualifications of: a bachelor’s degree, master’s preferred, in police science or related field; 10 years of full-time managerial and supervisory-level sworn enforcement work (seven years of which were in a command-level position); and AZPOST (Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Trailing) certification as a law enforcement officer (or ability to obtain it within 90 days).

Fousek said the city is still working on determining who will participate in the city panel for the Skype interviews.

Monahan, who held the Prescott Police Chief job since March 2013, resigned in early April to take the position as Chief of Police at Yavapai College. His resignation is effective June 15.

Meanwhile, the city announced on May 6 that Police Lt. Amy Bonney had been promoted to Deputy Chief of Police. Current Deputy Police Chief Andy Reinhardt has announced that he plans to retire from the Prescott Police Department in July.

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