Hobart's new police chief may be named in March

2013-02-03T18:15:00Z 2013-02-27T16:56:03Z Hobart's new police chief may be named in MarchDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART | Hobart Mayor Brian Snedecor hopes to name a new police chief by early March.

In the meantime, Lt. Vance Thompson will continue to serve as the interim police chief, Snedecor said.

"The department is in good hands. We're not missing a beat," Snedecor said.

Thompson, who served as deputy chief of police, was named earlier this month by Snedecor to replace former Police Chief Jeff White, who resigned Jan. 15.

Snedecor said Friday that he had received resumes from 12 to 15 applicants interested in serving as Hobart's police chief.

Thompson was not one of the applicants.

"He's not interested in interviewing for the job," Snedecor said.

Snedecor said he has hired a consultant to work with him during the process of selection, which will include personal interviews.

"I hope to have a new chief named by the first of March," Snedecor said.

Snedecor has denied there was any disagreement between him and White that led to the resignation.

He called White's resignation a "mutual thing."

White, a 20-year Police Department veteran, was sworn in as the new police chief March 6.

White, who declined to comment further on his resignation, will move into investigations, Snedecor said. 

White had moved up the ranks, serving the previous four years as deputy police chief under two prior chiefs.

White replaced former Police Chief David Evans, who stepped down Feb. 23 following an agreement between him and the mayor.

Evans had replaced former Chief Rod Gonzalez, who stepped down March 19, 2010, citing personal reasons.

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