Police chief candidates narrowed to eight

By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer

The field of applicants vying for the position of Clovis Police Chief has narrowed from 29 to eight, according to City Manager Joe Thomas.

Interviews are being scheduled, he said.

Six of the candidates hail from communities across the country while two are New Mexico residents, including Clovis interim Police Chief Mike Ingram.

Ingram, a 25-year department veteran, became interim chief in June when former Police Chief Dan Blair retired.

Thomas said he was pleased with the number of responses from out-of-town applicants.

“We have had people express interest who certainly appear to have all of the necessary qualities and a lot of experience,” he said.

Thomas said the district attorney’s office conducted background checks on the eight candidates and the next step is contacting them to arrange interviews.

Because of the distance factor with many of the applicants, Thomas said preliminary interviews may be conducted by phone, but face-to-face interviews are preferred and will be scheduled.

Thomas said a timeline for the final selection is a difficult to pin down because of the travel involved for applicants.

Thomas said he hopes the interviews will be completed in the next 30 days.

The ultimate decision on who is hired as the next police chief rests with Thomas, though he said he is consulting individuals in the community with ties to law enforcement and is considering their input and opinions as he evaluates candidates.