With former Branson Police Chief Stan Dobbins now acting as the new city administrator, a nationwide search for the next chief of police is underway.
On Monday and Tuesday, the Missouri Police Chiefs Association in Jefferson City interviewed potential candidates for the role.
According to a press release from the city, candidates underwent thorough written, situational and psychological tests, as well as a panel interviews with sitting police chiefs throughout the state of Missouri.
“After that is done they’ll pair down the list of 14 to four,” Dobbins said during a Branson Board of Aldermen study session earlier in the month. “They’ll forward the top four to us and (the city will) make a selection of the next police chief.”
Dobbins, who has almost 40 years of experience in law enforcement, was the Branson Police Chief from 2012 to 2016. He has served both as interim city administrator and Branson police chief since May 24, after aldermen voted to fire former administrator Bill Malinen. Dobbins started as the official city administrator Jan. 1.
In July, the city hired Eric Schmitt as the city’s assistant chief of police.
Branson will have its own process within the city to make sure the individual is a good fit.
“It’s extremely important to us to have the proper fit for this job,” Dobbins said via a press release. “We are looking for someone who embraces our core values, is dedicated to the growth of our community and will further enhance the professionalism within the police department.”
An offer to the new chief of police is expected at the beginning of March.