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The Town of Franklin hopes to be able to announce the new Police Chief by the first of February, said Ashley Hyder, human resource officer for the Town.

The search to replace Chief Terry Bradley after he announced his retirement back in September began on Oct. 1. After 25 years of service to Macon County and 18 years as Franklin’s Police Chief, Terry Bradley announced that his last day with the Town will be on Jan. 27, 2012.

“I have had a wonderful career,” said Bradley. “The citizens of Franklin and of Macon County are great people to have served, and it has been a pleasure serving them.”

Bradley has dedicated three decades to the North Carolina Law Enforcement System, and even during his retirement, Bradley plans to continue being active in the criminal justice field as an instructor at Southwestern Community College.

The job opening was advertised statewide, and internal candidates have also been considered for the position.

“The Chief position is finally starting to move along,” said Hyder. “We have done all of our first round of interviews and plan to bring back 2nd round of interviews this week. The goal is to narrow down our four remaining candidates to two, and by the first of February have reached a decision.”

While in the middle of the interviewing process, Hyder can not be specific on individual candidates, but is confident that the people moving forward are exceptional candidates. “We are interviewing some great people who have met our education and experience requirements, and all of whom come from within NC,” said Hyder. “This process has been really tough due to the high number of qualified applicants, but we feel like we have narrowed it down to those that will best fit our department and be able to serve our community.”

The police chief works under the general supervision of the town manager and is responsible for planning and directing the Town of Franklin’s Police Department.

The detailed job requirement for the police chief position which was advertised on the local and state levels, described the distinguishing features of the position. It stated that “work involves responsibility for the protection of life and property through a varied program of enforcement, detection and prevention of crime and accidents, as well as planning and directing emergency response activities.

Possible candidates must have had at least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in police administration/ management or other public law enforcement agency, including five years of supervisory experience. A Bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, public administration or a related field from an accredited college, a Master’s degree is preferred.

Some of the duties and responsibilities outlined in the job advertisement include: “recruits, selects and oversees the training of civilian and sworn personnel for the department, advises, directs and consults with subordinate officers on matters of training, work assignments and scheduling, job performance, promotions and discipline.”

The responsibilities listed also included the preparation and recommendation of the annual department budget as well as supervising and participating in the application for grant funding, which are both vitally important aspects of the job needed to ensure the success of the department.

The town was also seeking applicants who meet the physical requirements of the position. The job description noted that applicants “must be able to physically perform the basic life operational functions of standing, reaching, walking, pushing, pulling, climbing, kneeling, lifting, fingering, grasping, talking, hearing and repetitive motions.” Aside from the basic physical abilities of applicants, the job description also explains that candidates “must be able to perform light work exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, 10 pounds frequently and/or negligible amount of force constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.”

The special requirements listed in the job description included: “completion of the minimum requirements as established by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission for certified law enforcement officers. Must be a graduate of at least one major police management courses as followed: Administrative Officer's Management Program, NC Justice Academy’s Management Development Program, FBI National Academy, or FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development, or similar courses.”

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