The Columbia Police Department says even though it conducted a nationwide search to find the new Deputy Chief of Police, the three finalists for the job are all officers currently with the department.
In a press release today, the department named the three finalists: Administrative Support Captain Dianne Bernhard, Internal Affairs Lieutenant Shelley Jones and Public Relations Unit Sergeant Jill Schlude.
The release says the three candidates will now meet with Police Chief Ken Burton and City Manager Mike Matthes to “discuss the future direction of the department and how the candidate feels about that direction.”
Burton issued this statement: “After a nationwide search I am pleased to be able to confirm to the public my strong belief in the talent we have within our department. These candidates should feel very proud to have made it to this point.” The release says he hopes to make a decision in the next few weeks.
The Deputy Chief position has been vacant since June, when Steve Monticelli took a job out of state.