- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 16, 2014

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (AP) - Four men are vying to become the next police chief in Council Bluffs.

Mayor Matt Walsh will choose the next chief, who will replace Ralph O’Donnell, who retired in March.

Walsh tells the Council Bluffs Daily Nonpareil (http://bit.ly/1hKLaHK) he wants to hire a chief who will have the respect of his officers, a good understanding of crime fighting and strength as a communicator.

The four people competing for the position are Fremont, Neb., Police Chief Jeffrey Elliott; John Farmer, former police chief in Forrest City, Ark., and a former Omaha police lieutenant; and Terry LeMaster and Scott Milner, both captains with the Council Bluffs police.

Walsh says he hopes to make a decision by mid-May and to have the new chief in place by June.

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Information from: The Daily Nonpareil, http://www.nonpareilonline.com

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