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71 apply to become new Roanoke police chief

August 6, 2010 | Virginia News

Two review panels will interview candidates and make recommendations to the Roanoke city manager.

Roanoke received 71 applications from people who want the police chief's job, including at least three from the city police ranks.

Now that the July 30 application deadline has passed, a review of the candidates by city officials begins. City Manager Chris Morrill, who will hire the next chief to replace retired Chief Joe Gaskins, said he hopes to have the new chief working by the end of the year.

Morrill has appointed members of two review panels to help interview candidates and make recommendations. The panels -- one made of community members, the other of city officials and Blacksburg police Chief Kim Crannis-- will interview the top three to five candidates in September, Morrill said.

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