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Monmouth Narrows Search for New Chief

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City Administrator Eric Hanson

The finalists for the Monmouth police chief will be put through their paces this weekend.

City administrator Eric Hanson said the field of over 30 original applicants has been reduced to five. The Illinois Chiefs of Police will conduct assessments of the five.

He said, “Everything from how they would manage personnel to media to specific police incidents that they might have to handle. So it's a gamut of exercises that they put them through to gauge their knowledge and skill set.”

The assessment will run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in Monmouth.

Hanson said city staff will be involved in the testing. He said the assessment rankings will play a big part in the city council's decision to reduce the field to two. Those two will be invited to return for interviews.

Hanson said the city will name a new police chief by the end of the month.

Brad Zeigler retired at Monmouth's police chief in November.