By Joe Beck -firstname.lastname@example.org
The choices for a new police chief in Front Royal have been narrowed to five finalists, town manager Steve Burke said Thursday.
Burke said he was about to send the list to retiring Police Chief Richard Furr for his review. If Furr agrees with the choices, all five will be interviewed by Burke and Julie Bush, the town's director of human resources. The final two candidates will be introduced to Mayor Timothy Darr and a yet to be determined town council member. After Darr and the council member weigh in, Burke and Bush will choose the new chief.
Burke described the original pool of 30 applicants from around the nation as "very strong." Some were from as far away as Arizona, New York, Texas, Florida, Connecticut and New York, Burke said.
"We had a couple of women apply," Burke said, adding he could not remember whether there were any women among the final five. He said the applications contained no information on race, and therefore he couldn't comment on whether any minorities applied for the job.
"The pool of applicants came from sergeants to police chiefs and sheriffs with up to 20 or 30 years experience and a significant record of other qualifications," Burke said.
Burke said the job drew applicants from the town police force, but he declined to identify them or say how many.
Furr, 55, is scheduled to retire Aug. 28 after 30 years on the force and three years as chief. Burke said he expects the new chief will be announced in August.
Furr joined the force as a patrol officer in 1982 and worked his way up through the ranks before being chosen interim chief and then permanent chief in 2009.
He has said he would prefer to see someone from within the department chosen as his successor.