UPDATE: Finalists Chosen for Deputy Chief of Police Position

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COLUMBIA - Columbia Police Chief Ken Burton announced Wednesday he has chosen three finalists for his vacant Deputy Chief of Police position.

Burton said after a nationwide search, he'll make his pick from among three current staffers.

The finalists include:

  • Dianne Bernhard, administrative support captain. Bernhard has been with the department for nearly 20 years.
  • Shelley Jones, internal affairs lieutenant. Jones has been with the department approximately 19 years.
  • Jill Schlude, public relations unit sergeant. Schlude has been with the department approximately 7 years.

In a news release, Burton said, "After a nationwide search I am pleased to be able to confirm to the public my strong belief in the talent we have within our department. These candidates should feel very proud to have made it to this point."

Finalists will meet individually with Burton and City Manager Mike Matthes in the next phase of the process. The meeting will discuss the future direction of the department and how the candidate feels about that direction.

Burton said he hopes to have a final decision within the next couple of weeks.

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