City of Ottumwa pleased with applications for police chief

The city of Ottumwa has received 13 applications for candidates applying to become the city's new police chief.

Former Chief Jim Clark retired in February, and Lieutenant Tom McAndrew has been acting chief since.

Ottumwa City Administrator Joe Helfenberger said about half of the applicants are from the Midwest and the city council is pleased with the quality of all of them.

The Civil Service Commission is working on an eligibility list that will be released around April 18 and 19. Then, the top candidates will have a chance to meet the community they are looking to serve.

"I think this will be a good chance for the public to be involved, it's a high profile position," Helfenberger said. "We'll probably have some light refreshments there and it'd be a very informal setting where you can greet and talk and have any kind of informal conversation with the candidates you'd like."

That meet and greet is tentatively scheduled for May 9, then the city council will interview the top candidates at their work session May 10.

Helfenberger said the city hopes to have a final candidate selected by May 13.