Police Chief for East Chicago a finalist for Ferguson, MO

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By the St. Louis American

The City of Ferguson is down to four final four candidates for its next chief of police.

The candidates are Mark Becker, chief of police for East Chicago, Indiana; Brenda Jones, former chief of police for the City of Pine Bluff, Arkansas; Frank McCall Jr., chief of police for Berkeley, Missouri; and Delrish L. Moss, supervisor of Miami Police Department’s Public Information/Community Relations Section

Becker is the only candidate who is not African-American.

The City of Ferguson’s Human Resources Department conducted the search to fill the vacancy left by interim Chief Andre Anderson, who submitted his resignation effective December 2, 2015. It receiving 54 applications from candidates across the United States.

City Manager De’Carlon Seewood, Assistant Manager Matt Unrein and Human Resources Manager Patrick Young narrowed the applications to 16, based on law enforcement experience, community engagement and professional accomplishments. A 15-page questionnaire was sent to the final 16 candidates, and six candidates were chosen based on their responses.

Those six candidates were invited to interview in Ferguson with Ferguson residents, City Council members, and law enforcement executives and criminal justice experts. The panels narrowed the candidate pool to these four, who were then interviewed by Ferguson department supervisors, members of the department and a group of Ferguson residents.

City Manager De’Carlon Seewood will decide which candidate will move to the final phase, which includes an extensive background check from the search firm Baker Eubanks. The new chief will be announced by April.

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