There won’t be a new police chief in town before the year ends.
City officials are re-opening the search for a top law enforcement officer after a preliminary review of finalist candidates.
With the assistance of consultants, Gardner officials started a recruitment process in July. They narrowed the pool down to two candidates. The interview process included a timed scenario and a presentation as well as a panel interview with the Cheryl Harrison-Lee, city administrator; Mayor Chris Morrow, select council members and two area residents.
The process also included a series of background investigations.
Through a Dec. 22 press release, the city announced that it would pursue additional candidates. The renewed search for a police chief is the third in less than two years.
At the last city council meeting, officials said a hiring was likely imminent to replace former Police Chief Gerald Cullumber.
Cullumber resigned in June 2013 after less than a year on the job. He replaced former Gardner Chief of Police Ken Francis who died in August of 2012. He had served in the role for more than 25 years.
City re-opens search for new police chief