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Police Chief candidate dismissed after omitting information on his application

The search for a new Rochester police chief is narrowed down from 3 to 2.

Posted: May 16, 2018 8:34 PM
Updated: May 17, 2018 10:07 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - The Police Civil Service Commission decided to run deeper background checks on 2 of the 3 final candidates for the Rochester Police Chief position because they felt there was a gap of information on their applications that needed clarification.

When they took a closer look, they found that one of the candidates did not disclose on his application that he faced disciplinary action at a previous job. Because of this, the commission decided to dismiss him from the search.

The top three candidates, narrowed down from a pool of 35, are Roy Alston, a lieutenant in Dallas with the investigations unit and a community engagement unit commander of the Northeast Patrol Division; Mark Elliot, Police Chief at Prior Lake; and James Franklin, captain of West Division of the Metropolitan Transit Police in Minneapolis.

The city is not disclosing who has been removed from the search.

Soon, the committee will notify the candidate that they are no longer in the running. The candidate will then have 10 days to respond. He has the option to ask why his application was rejected.

Director of human resources Linda Hillenbrand tells KIMT she thought the city would be making an offer by now, but the process to find a new police chief is still ongoing. She says the chief is a critical position to the committee to make sure they have the most qualified candidate.

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