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Meet Carbondale Police Chief Finalists This Thursday

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Carbondale Chief of Police Gene Schilling will retire in September after almost 40 years of service. Town staff is hard at work looking for someone to fill his shoes. On Thursday, March 12, the town hosts a meet and greet with 4 finalists for the position. KDNK’s Lucas Turner has more.

JAY HARRINGTON: We're gonna be hosting a public reception meet and greet at the Launchpad between 6 and 7:30 (PM). We'd love folks in the community to come out, meet the candidates, provide input, and get a chance to meet them in a somewhat informal setting.

The town of Carbondale has announced four candidates for the Chief of Police Position.

  • Lee Damuth Chief Investigator for the District Attorney’s Office 9th Judicial District in Glenwood Springs.
  • Sean Dugan, Police Chief for the Red Rocks Community College Police Department.
  • David Shaffer, Deputy Police Chief for the city of Champaign, Illinois.
  • Kirk Wilson, Sargeant and Emergency manager for the City of Rifle
HARRINGTON: At some point, each will be asked to give a one or two-minute introduction. But other than that it will be just a meet, greet, introduce yourself, go talk to the candidates and see what they have to say to you.

Jay Harrington says the meet and greet is just one part of a larger process that will include public input.

HARRINGTON: We'll be doing a series of interview panels including law enforcement and meeting with the town police department through the 12th and 13th. Then we'll be taking all the feedback through that process including what we hear from the meet and greet, and deciding whether or not to make an offer to one of the four candidates.

The meet and greet is Thursday, March 12th at the Launchpad on 4th Street in Carbondale from 6 -7:30 pm.

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