MINTURN, Colorado - Town officials are ready to hire a new police chief.
After longtime chief Lorenzo Martinez resigned in February, the town started an extensive search for a new chief. That search appears to have ended close to home - the town has offered the job to Brad Lamb of the Eagle County Sheriff's Office. Minturn Town Manager Jim White said he and Lamb are working out the final details of an employment agreement.
White said Lamb still needs to pass a psychological evaluation, as well as a thorough physical fitness exam. But, White added, he didn't see any problems with Lamb clearing those hurdles, and expects the new chief to start work May 16.
White said the town initially received several applications for the job, and a group made up of several local law enforcement officials pared that list down to five final candidates. Before interviews could be scheduled, though, three candidates dropped out, leaving Lamb and Steve Whittmore of Palestine, Texas, as the finalists.
Town officials conducted interviews with a "community panel," then held a session for the public to meet and question the top candidates. Part of that session was recorded by Channel 5, the local public-access cable channel and is available on the station's website.
After that meeting, White offered the job to Lamb.
White said Lamb's knowledge of the valley was a key part of his selection.
"A lot of people were happy to learn he's a local," White said. "He has a passion for the town."
Lamb lives in Gypsum now, but White said he plans to move closer to Minturn if ultimately hired.
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