Jonesboro to Get New Police Chief Saturday

JULY 8, 2005 - Posted at 2:14 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO, AR - Only two days after formally naming Aaron Keller as the city's new fire chief, Jonesboro Mayor Doug Formon is expected to call another news conference Saturday afternoon to fill the city's vacant police chief position.

The JPD's top cop position has been vacant since late December, when former chief Floyd Johnson died.  In the past six months, an ad hoc committee of the City Council has been charged with the task of finding a new chief.  The committee recently completed a series of three interviews with finalists for the job, after sifting through an initial file of nearly sixty applications.

JPD Captain Tim Eads has been serving the city as interim police chief.

Finalists include Leonard Supenski of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Michael Yates of Americus, Georgia; and Gregg Etter of Wichita, Kansas.

The new chief is expected to be named at 4:30 Saturday afternoon at the Justice Complex.

On Thursday, Formon named Aaron Keller as the city's new fire chief.  Keller had been serving as interim chief since February, following the resignation of former chief Butch Herring.