Battle Creek seeks new police chief

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BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (WOOD) — The City of Battle Creek is looking for a replacement for its recently-retired police chief.

Jackie Hampton retired at the end of January after serving as police chief since 2010. The search continues for both an interim chief and a permanent replacement.

Community Services Director Susan Bedsole, who will be appointed interim city manager after Ken Tsuchiyama retires next week, wants to put an interim chief in place in the next week. She has been seeking input from officers and community members, according to a Thursday release from the city.

Deputy Chief Jim Saylor did not take over the interim position because he is looking for other employment and could leave before a new chief is hired, the release said.

The city has advertised the permanent position with nationwide hiring firm I/O Solutions. Both internal and external candidates will be accepted through the end of the month.

Hopefully, finalists will be selected by the end of April.

Officers and the public will have opportunities to meet the candidates for the job ebfore interviews are conducted and a new chief is chosen.

A new chief should be in office early this summer.

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