The City of Ottumwa is in the process of hiring a new police chief.
After a period of accepting applications for the position, the Ottumwa Civil Service Commission has certified a list of six applicants for the position. The six applicants took a written examination and participated in an oral interview.
Based on a review of qualifications, the Civil Service Commission test and panel interview, the top three candidates for the position are:
Jeff Jirak of Wilton, Iowa
Tom McAndrew of Ottumwa, Iowa
Lawrence McNaul of Grinnell, Iowa
There will be a public reception to meet the candidates on Thursday, May 9, at 6 p.m. at Bridge View Center. Interviews with the Ottumwa City Council will follow on Friday, May 10.
After consideration, the City Council will formalize the appointment of their selected candidate at a future meeting.
Ottumwa's Police Chief leads a department of 41 sworn officers with a budget over $4 million. Police Chief Jim Clark retired in February.