Harrisburg begins search for new police chief

Harrisburg Police Department is hoping to switch dispatch services.
Harrisburg Police Department is hoping to switch dispatch services.((Source: KAIT))
Published: Jan. 8, 2019 at 10:18 PM CST
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HARRISBURG, AR (KAIT) - The search is on for a new chief of police in Harrisburg.

That’s after current Chief Cassie Brandon announced on Facebook that she would be stepping down at the end of January.

They didn’t discuss the matter in the city council meeting Tuesday night, but Region 8 News caught up with Harrisburg Mayor Justin Kimble afterwards.

He told us he's creating a police committee tasked with vetting the new police chief candidates.

Kimble said the first step was announcing the open position through several avenues, including social media and classified ads.

He said they have already gotten some response.

The police committee will be made up of retired police officers looking for an experienced candidate to fill the position.

"I'm going to be relying on them to help me get that perfect police chief that Harrisburg needs," Kimble said.

This is Harrisburg’s second police chief search in less than a year.

Kimble said they’ll be looking for an officer planning to stay in Harrisburg and provide some stability to the department.

He wants to assure citizens that safety is still their main priority, and he hopes to have a new chief selected and ready to go to work as soon as Chief Brandon steps down.

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