Black Mountain picks new police main, who then withdraws software

Immediately after a lengthy choice approach, the city of Black Mountain chose Russ Gilliland, the main of law enforcement in Maggie Valley, as the new main in city, only to have him withdraw his software virtually a week later on. 

Black Mountain picked Gilliland to be the new police chief Aug. 19, Josh Harrold, Black Mountain city manager, reported in an e mail. Gilliland withdrew as a candidate Aug. 25.

“There had been two top candidates,” Harrold claimed Aug. 25, not revealing the other applicant. “I will be meeting with the other prospect within just the next 7 days and hope to be in a position to make an offer you.”

In accordance to Gilliland, as word circulated via Maggie Valley of his imminent departure, the community voiced its strong drive for him to keep. From his patrol officers to the citizens of the town, Gilliland stated his town did not want him to leave. 

“I have to say that I was humbled by the volume of guidance and just not seeking me to depart,” he said. 

Out of a pool of approximately 20 purposes for the new main situation, Harrold selected eight to progress to the following spherical of the range procedure. The city then sent the candidates a series of inquiries, employing the responses as the foundation for determining the up coming round. 

Harrold narrowed the search to 5 applicants to be brought in for interviews. The interview board consisted of 6 panelists, which includes the town manager, city division heads and council member Archie Pertiller. 

“At that place we narrowed it down to two candidates,” Harrold claimed. “The interview panel was excellent with both of those of those people applicants.”

Black Mountain chose Gilliland owing to his proximity to the town as properly as his familiarity with a increasing locality that draws in tourism, Harrold explained. Maggie Valley also utilizes a local community-centered policing solution, generating Gilliland a fantastic solution to continue the legacy of Main Shawn Freeman. 

Harrold reported he designs to press ahead with the other favored applicant. 

“If that does not work out, I will start the approach all over again,” Harrold explained. 

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