Applicants flood police board

Friday, December 7, 2007

Nearly 30 men have applied to be Lewisburg's next police chief and the newly-formed panel to sort through the resumes is meeting Monday night at police headquarters.

Mayor Bob Phillips is to meet with the Police Advisory Board when it meets at 7 p.m. to explain their duties that include recommending a new chief and eventually hearing concerns raised by residents and department employees.

The applicants are from several states and include a wide variety of experience in law enforcement. There's a preponderance of chiefs and former chiefs who have applied. A number of applications came from men in Florida. Several are local.

A synopsis of the applications follows in the order of the forms, resumes and papers were made available in a stack at City Hall. The summaries depend on how clearly the applicants displayed their information. Some did not file an application form.

They include:

-- Amelia County, Va., Sheriff's Lt. Bruce Almarode, who claims a 98 percent conviction rate.

-- Richard A. Echols of Hunter Road, a Manheim Auto Auction inspector in Nashville who was a Macon, Ga., Police Department sergeant during 1970-96.

-- ITT Technical Institute Division Commander John Warren Headrick of Maryville, Tenn., who works in Knoxville; was with the Blount County Sheriff's Department's Adult and Juvenile Detention; and was an assistant director of the 5th Judicial District's Drug Task Force.

-- Former Lewisburg Police Chief Michael V. Hunter of Cornersville, who's now a consultant with the Center for Domestic Preparedness for Homeland Security. He's been a Maury County schoolteacher, a criminal investigator for the district attorney's office here, and was in the police department here during 1981-2001, holding at least four ranks.

-- Former Lewisburg Police Chief and Marshall County High School graduate Clifford Ray Bivins of Tomball, Texas, who works for the Forestry Service since retiring to travel after working for a Houston, Texas, car dealer, the Corps of Engineers in Nashville and U.S. Air Force law enforcement.

-- Prairie Village, Kan., Police Chief John T. Walter of Overland Park, Kan., since 1987 who's been a commander over investigations, worked with a program for people who have English as a second language, and school resource officers on bullying and child safety.

-- Annandale, Va.-based attorney Dennis Miller, who was an FBI agent during 1965-90 working in Detroit, Mich., Jackson, Miss., and in Washington, where he was a Bureau liaison to Congress, the American Bar Association and the National District Attorneys Association.

-- Webster Grove, Mo, Police Chief Don L. Daniel Jr., of St. Louis, who's also been the department's patrol squad commander.

-- Detective law specialist Terry J. Johnson of Peoria, Ariz., who's been Palmyra, Mo.'s police chief and a sergeant with the Quincy, Ill., Police Department.

-- Retired Chief John M. Esposito of Ephrata, Pa., who led the Northern Regional Park Authority for the Pine Ridge Watershed Commission District.

-- Sarasota County, Fla., Sheriff's Major Chuck Forbis, who's commander of the law enforcement division.

-- Douglas Malone Wright of Gary, Ind., who's now a consultant with the Benefits Resource Group. He's been the police chief for Benton Harbor, Mich., and said he left because of a "political termination." He's been a deputy chief for the State University of New York at Buffalo, Gary, Ind., as well as police chief and assistant city manager at Forest Hill, Texas.

-- Metro Nashville Police Detective Lt. Michael W. Von Dohlen of Brentwood, who leads investigations at the Central Precinct and has been with the department since 1977, having served in a couple of sergeant's assignments.

-- Apple Creek, Ohio, Police Chief John C. Lowe, who's been chief five years and with the department 13 years.

-- Former Flagler Beach, Fla., Police Chief Roger D. Free, who served from April 2005 to September 2007, and was Virginia Gardens Police chief June 1997 to 2004. He's also been the Miramar, Fla., police training director.

-- Newport News, Va., Police Sgt. Michael R. Berry of Hampton, Va., who's been over patrol operations and commands more than 20 officers in one part of the city where he's worked since September 1991.

-- Warsaw, N.Y., Police Road Patrol Capt. Kevin L. Gehman, who's also a police academy adjunct instructor and has worked for a drug enforcement unit as a sergeant.

-- Andrew P. Capps of Scranton, S.C., who's been a Pamplico, S.C., Police patrol sergeant, an assistant chief in South Carolina and an aquatics director at Saint Andrews Presbyterian College. His master's degree is in criminal justice administration.

-- Cornersville Police Chief Todd Joseph Bone of Lynnville, a Columbia Central High School graduate who reports education in dealing with the problems of workers, crime scene evidence collection and photography.

-- Former Franklin, Tenn., Police Deputy Chief Joseph David Sanders of Franklin, who supervised operations of the department for a year through Oct. 31. Philosophical differences with the administration was listed as his reason for leaving. Previously, he was the Columbus, Miss., police chief and the chief of police in Martin, Tenn.

-- Lewisburg Interim Police Chief David C. Ray of Snake Creek Road, Belfast, who's been with the department since 1974 and was a patrol deputy for the Marshall County Sheriff's Department in 1973-74. He's a parter in Ray's Gun and Pawn Shop on U.S. 31-A.

-- Lewisburg Patrolman James Kevin Clark of Harwell Drive, Lewisburg, a former Cornersville patrolman and Marshall County sheriff's deputy.

-- Steven L. Madsen of Racine,Wisc., who sent an e-mail advising information about him was attached, but there was no attachment.

-- Former Maury County Sheriff's candidate Paul Edward Westmoreland Jr. of Culleoka, who's worked for the department in a variety of capacities at the jail and in law enforcement for a decade.

-- Ossian, Ind., Police Chief David L. Rigney of Bluffton, Ind., who's been police chief in Venus, Texas, and a Rowlett, Texas, Police officer.

-- Former Franklin County, Tenn., Sheriff Michael Dennis Foster of Winchester, whose eight years in office ended in September last year. He's since been security director and general office supervisor at Tepro Inc. of Winchester, but that job was eliminated. He was city administrator and judge for 11 1/2 years in Decherd, Tenn.

-- Former Spring Hill Assistant Police Chief Lee Brooks, who's now working for Zion Christian Academy in Columbia. He's also a former Florida Highway patrol officer.

-- Baltimore, Md., Police Department East District Commander Major David C. Cheuvront II of Finksburg, Md., who manages 160 employees. He was promoted from deputy major in March 2006.

Ocala, Fla., Police Department Special Operations Bureau Commander Guy K. Howie, a former director of the Ocala/Marion Multi-Agecy Drug Enforcement Team. He's been with Ocala police since July 4, 1982.