2018-01-03 / Local News

Search for new police chief nearing conclusion

Ledger Staff Writer

City of Gaffney Administrator James Taylor hopes to have a list of three finalists for police chief within three weeks.

That fits the timetable of Gaffney City Council’s Police Committee Chairman Bernard Smith, who wants to name a new police chief by the end of January.

The search began when Rick Turner announced in October that he would retire effective Dec. 31.

Gaffney Police Department Capt. of Detectives Chris Skinner is overseeing the department until a new chief is named.

Smith has said he’s been impressed with the applicants’ resumes. Two applicants are members of the Gaffney Police Department, although Smith declined to identify them.

The city has also received applications from as far away as Florida and Virginia as well as from neighboring Greenville, Spartanburg and Union.

The current police chief earns $52,000 a year, but Smith said the city will likely bump that salary up to get the person it wants.

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