11 apply for police chief’s post

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Eleven applicants, including two from within the department, are seeking the position of chief of police with the City of Fayetteville, said Mayor John Ed Underwood Monday.

Friday was the deadline for applications for the post, currently held by Doug Carver, who is expected to step down at the end of July.

Applicants include:

Jeff Bradford, of Fayetteville, a patrol sergeant with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department;

John B. Davidson, of Lilburn, Ga., an instructor of criminology with the Argosy University in Georgia;

Dale Harden, of Hoover, Ala., a senior investigator with U.S. Investigative Services out of Birmingham, Ala.;

Richard W. Howell, of Fayetteville, commander of operations with the Fayetteville Police Department;

Joel L. Massey, of Taft, lieutenant detective with the Fayetteville Police Department;

Craig B. Moates, of Eagleville, a former police chief in Kotzbue, Alaska;

Keith B. Moses, of Franklin, an assistant special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation out of Nashville;

Thomas Rodney Parker, of Franklin, a patrol captain with the Williamson County Sheriff’s Department;

Melissa Lee Groce-Thomas, of New Market, Ala., who is a local attorney and a former assistant district attorney;

Michael W. Young, of Fayetteville, who is currently working as range master with Arnold Engineering Development Center Police Department near Tullahoma;

Thomas Andrew Young, of Fayetteville, a criminal justice teacher at Fayetteville High School and a part-time deputy with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department.

“We’ll be compiling their information and getting it to the committee,” said Underwood, adding that he anticipates the committee meeting to review the applications in the next week. “From there, I would anticipate us setting up interviews with the top candidates.”

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