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5 from the region to be interviewed for Fairfield police chief

Five area police officers will be interviewed in January to be Fairfield’s next police chief.

Six took an assessment test this month, and the city’s civil service rules mandate the top five candidates be tested. Fairfield City Manager Mark Wendling said those interviews have not yet been set up.

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The applicants to be interviewed include a pair of Butler county officers and current police chief. They are:

  • Fairfield Police Department Lt. Steve Maynard
  • Hamilton Police Department Capt. Trent Chenoweth
  • Former University of Cincinnati Police Chief Anthony Carter
  • Colerain Police Chief Mark Denney
  • Dublin Police Department Lt. Steven Farmer

Cincinnati Police Department Capt. Michael Neville did not finish in the top five, according to the Fairfield Civil Service Commission.

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The candidate selected will succeed Fairfield Police Chief Mike Dickey, 70, who submitted his resignation in October. His last day will be on Feb. 26, the same day that City Council intends to formally hire the new police chief.

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“It’s designed to pass the baton (from Chief Dickey to his successor),” Wendling said.

Others who applied, but were not assessed, include: Richmond Police Department Deputy Chief Steve Drew (a 1989 Fairfield graduate), Eaton Police Division Chad DePew and retired Woodlawn Police Chief Jeffrey Witte.

Applicants are required to have at least a bachelor’s degree and service in at least one of three police service academies: The Southern Police Institute, the Northwestern University Center for Public Safety or the FBI National Academy.

Four of the candidates had attended at least one of the three police service academies, with Maynard being the only one to graduate from two of the three.

If any applicants were not graduates of one of the three police service academies, they were required to have a master’s degree. Chenoweth is in the middle of a master’s degree program.

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