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Applications All In for Greenville Police Chief Job

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GREENVILLE, S.C. -

The applications are in from candidates across the county who want to be Greenville's new police chief.

The deadline passed on Friday to submit applications for the open chief position.

The city’s Human Resources Director Athena Miller said she's got stacks of resumes from as far away as California.

Now she'll start to pour through them to see who is the right fit for Greenville.

If you eat, shop, play, live or work in Greenville, it's a big decision that's going to affect your safety.

The position opened up in April, when Chief Terri Wilfong retired and moved back to Kentucky after seven years on the job.

Major Mike Gambrell has been serving as interim chief since then. He said Friday he’d rather not comment for now on whether he submitted an application to hold onto the job full-time.

Allison Kennamer, who works in downtown Greenville, said she wants the city to pick a chief who will ensure there are lots of patrols downtown.

“Especially in the evenings, if I'm working late, it's nice to see patrols constantly through the city," said Kennamer.

Silkman Richardson said he'd like to see a chief that focuses on Greenville's neighborhoods.

“I'm concerned about home, neighborhood safety also. Because you know, in the community, neighborhoods are the foundation for and the pillar to the environment," said Richardson.

A survey shows Richardson is not alone in his views. The city has been asking people to weigh in on their biggest safety priorities as part of the police chief search. That survey identified property crimes, gangs and drugs as the biggest concerns. You can take that survey here.

Bert Karrer, who's lived and worked in Greenville for 15 years, said most important to him is that the city thoroughly researches each candidate's background.

“Anything that would scar their honesty and the way that they just do their job, their everyday function -- that's what's important to me is their integrity," said Karrer.

The city will select the final candidates to interview by June 23. Those final candidates will come to Greenville for their interviews July 21-25.

The city will announce the new police chief at the end of July.

Related:
Greenville Announces Maj. Gambrell as Interim Police Chief
Chief Predicts Greenville Police Will Grow After She Leaves

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