Danedri Thompson
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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.