Police chief decision could come soon

COTTONWOOD - City Manager Doug Bartosh says he should have a final decision on the person to be named as Cottonwood's new police chief during Thanksgiving week.

Six candidates met the public the evening of Nov. 4 at Cottonwood's Public Safety Building. Each spoke of their background to qualify for the position. All met with special committees formed by the manager.

Bartosh said the number of candidates has been pared down since that public meeting.

The candidates included Sgt. Gareth Braxton-Johnson, Commanders Gary Eisenga and Commander Jody McKuch of Cottonwood PD. Jacqueline MacConnell retired from the Phoenix Police Department and has worked as a reserve office for Cottonwood Police.

Stephen Gesell, who had a career in the Scottsdale Police Department, served as Chief in San Luis Obisbo, California.

Dale Walters grew up in Flagstaff, worked with the Coconino Sheriff's Office before a long career with the Chandler Police Dept. .

Retiring Cottonwood Police Chief Jody Fanning wraps up a 30-year career with Cottonwood PD on Jan. 22.

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