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LaFollette Police Chief position has 21 applicants

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By The Staff

Applicants for the soon to be vacant LaFollette Police Chief position are from all four corners of the United States.

Those interested in relocating to LaFollette for the position appear to be many as 21 applicants and presently reside in places such as Alaska, Florida, Colorado and Wisconsin.

Among those applying for the police chief position, 10 are from East Tennessee with four of the 10 currently living and working in Campbell County.

City Administrator David Young commented on the wide range of education, experience and training of the applicants on Wednesday.  Some of the would be chiefs have over 20 years experience in law enforcement and many others list extensive military training in their resumes.

Among those applying who are from Campbell County are James Jeffries, James Lynch, David Muse and Mike Starrett.

These four applicants hold ties to the area and are familiar with LaFollette. Muse and Lynch are employed with the LPD now. Starrett works for the town of Jacksboro while Jefferies is employed by the sheriff’s department.

Other applicants from East Tennessee include Michael Foster from Winchester, Douglas Eldridge from Alcoa, Mark Garner from South Pittsburg, John Headrick from Maryville, Anthony Heavner from Jackson and William Roehl from Powell.

These applicants hold a wide variety of education and experience in law enforcement. Many of the applicants from outside the county are currently employed with their local sheriff’s departments, the paperwork filed with the city said.

Roehl is an assistant chief of police with the city of Knoxville.  Foster has a Master’s degree in criminal justice, according to his application.

The application process ended Friday. It is now up to the council to review the applications on Monday at the LaFollette City Council workshop.

Guidelines for narrowing down the applicants will be determined by the council. Such guidelines include education, experience, training and familiarity with the area, said Young.

The following week the council should be preparing for the interviewing process in order to fill the position by late April, he said.