- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 28, 2015

July 28—GLASGOW — Glasgow Mayor Dick Doty announced at Monday night’s city council meeting the three finalists for the position of police chief.

“Through this process, [the selection committee has] identified the top three candidates most suited for this community and for this job,” he said.

They are, as the mayor intentionally listed them in alphabetical order, Dwayne Depp, of Frankfort, James Duff, of Glasgow, and Guy Howie, of Ocala, Fla.

The candidate list had been whittled to six who interviewed with the committee appointed by Doty.

Doty said it’s been a lengthy process, and he thanked the selection committee members for their hard work, which included three days of interviews for the half dozen. He reminded the council, though, that one of the first things the consultants from the Kentucky League of Cities whom he brought onboard to help with this process said to them was to not rush the process.

“I feel very good about where we are at this point,” the mayor said.

“Extensive background checks” are continuing for these three, and the mayor will interview them alone over the next week to 10 days, depending on their schedules. He hopes to make a decision on his recommendation roughly a week after those are completed, he said, barring complications with the background checks. The council will have the final vote on his choice.

“I’ll continue to provide updates as they become relevant,” he said.

Depp is a native of Glasgow and a graduate of Glasgow High School. He attended Murray State University before becoming a Kentucky State Police trooper and later completed a bachelor’s degree in criminal science at Kentucky State University, according to biographical and resume information provided by the mayor tonight.

Since retiring from KSP as the commander of Post 8 in Morehead, he has served as assistant director of Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky and currently serves as an appointee of the governor to the Kentucky Parole Board, according to the packet provided by the mayor.

Duff is a graduate of Barren County High School and did farm work and management for a few years, according to his autobiographical information. He worked as a deputy jailer from 1991 to 1992 before going to work at the GPD, where he rose the rank of lieutenant colonel, which is second in command to the chief. He was appointed by Doty in January to the position of interim chief.

Duff also served as an interim co-chief from August 2010 to March 2011 after another chief, Horace Johnson, resigned until Guy J. Turcotte was named the new chief. Turcotte resigned from the chief’s position in December just before a change in mayoral administrations and was appointed to a lieutenant colonel rank by the outgoing mayor, Rhonda Riherd Trautman.

Howie was born in Fargo, N.D., and has lived in several states growing up as his father was transferred with his job, his autobiographical information says. He became interested in law enforcement in high school and, with a family military history, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as a Law Enforcement Specialist, the background information says.

After four years service in the military and relatively brief stints with police departments in Del City, Okla., and Coral Springs, Fla., he began working with the Ocala Police Department, where he stayed 26 years, serving in various capacities and moving up to a rank of major. In 2008, he went to the Hopkinsville Police Department as chief before returning to the Ocala department to serve as director of its support services bureau, his current job.

—The mayor also updated the council on the search process for the director of the Plaza Theatre, saying that has generated “much interest,” and several days of interviews have taken place, he said. It’s possible even that that process could be completed before the police chief search, Doty said.

—Doty also informed the council that an auction of 33.810 acres off Hume Way Tartan Glen Industrial Park that was declared surplus property last month is in the process of being scheduled, with the services of Elmore Realty being contracted to conduct the sale. The surveying is done, he said.

Doty said he believed the land was originally purchased several years ago with the idea of creating an affordable-housing subdivision to create easy access from residences to jobs at the adjoining Tartan Glen Industrial Park. Former Mayor Charlie Honeycutt had it developed into residential lots during his tenure, he said.

According to the Barren County property valuation administrator’s website, more than two dozen residential lots in an area of the land closest to the manufacturing facilities have been developed parceled out and sold, but the city still owns a total of nearly 80 acres that are divided by Hume Way, which becomes County Barn Road. Only the area to the south of that road was declared surplus.

Doty said his intention is to sell it in a live auction as opposed to sealed bids. Doty said two or three parties have expressed interested continuing that development.

In other business:

—Owen Lambert, chairman of the Industrial Development Economic Authority of Glasgow-Barren County provided a report and information about IDEA’s strategic plan and answered a few questions from the council members.

—The council unanimously approved second reading of an ordinance enacting and adopting a supplement to the city’s Code of Ordinances and a municipal order appointing Kelvin Hawkins to the Code Enforcement Board to fill the unexpired term of Anne Grant Underwood.

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