HOT SPRINGS -- The field of 30 applicants for Hot Springs police chief has been narrowed to five who were interviewed Monday via video teleconference, City Manager Bill Burrough said.
Those who were interviewed are Chris Chapmond of Bluffton, S.C., Jeff Crow of Malvern, Robert Harrison of Texarkana, Shannon Youngblood of Montgomery, Ala., and Mark Maples of Lake Ozark, Mo.
The new chief will succeed Jason Stachey, who announced his retirement, effective May 29, last month.
Chapmond, a former assistant chief of the Hot Springs Police Department, has headed the Bluffton Police Department since July 2018.
Crow is the director of safety and emergency management at Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia. He is a former state trooper and administrator of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and ran unsuccessfully in March for the Republican nomination for the District 13 state Senate seat held by Sen. Alan Clark.
He is also a former marine who served in the first Gulf War, where he was part of the flanking maneuver coalition forces used to liberate Kuwait City in February 1991. He also served in the second Gulf War as a reservist and achieved the rank of sergeant major in 2004.
Harrison is the police chief in Texarkana. He's been with the department since 1973 and has served as chief since 1990.
He told the Texarkana Gazette earlier this month that friends in Hot Springs suggested he apply for the job because they believed his experience addressing gang issues in Texarkana in the 1990s made him a good candidate.
Youngblood is the chief of operations for the Montgomery, Ala., Police Department.
Maples is the former chief of the Missouri Capitol Police.
A four-person panel Burrough formed to advise him on the selection of the new chief participated in Monday's interviews. The group is comprised of Civil Service Commission Chairman Sam Stathakis, Hot Springs School District Superintendent Stephanie Nehus, NAACP Chapter 6013 President Linda Franklin and Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort General Manager Wayne Smith.
Three of the five candidates interviewed Monday will be selected for in-person interviews, which will include a tour of the city and the police department.
"I plan to set aside time for the candidates to meet with staff and the board of directors," Burrough said.
The search drew seven in-state applicants and 23 others representing more than a dozen states. The city said none of the department's current employees applied for the job.
Metro on 05/20/2020
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