Cleveland Police Chief interviews started Wednesday

Cleveland, TN (WDEF) –     The final three candidates for Cleveland Police Chief got grilled Wednesday by a panel of four community leaders.
    Jessie Brooks of the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Red Bank Police Chief Tim Christol, and Interim Chief Mark Gibson each answered questions.
    They were chosen from 36 applicants.
    Wednesday’s questions focused on how the candidates would help turn around the Cleveland Police Department after two very public sex scandals that resulted in the loss of two police chiefs in less than a year and a half.
    Christol said, "The public trust is probably the most fragile thing that we possess as a tool in law enforcement.  If we lose that, we lose a great tool."
    Gibson added, "The main thing is the disciplinary action process.  We’re working right now with the city manager to change some policies that give a little more strength and a little more ability for the chief of police to deal with disciplinary issues."
    Tennessee Highway Patrol officer Jesse Brooks also spoke about the need to rebuild the community’s trust.
    City Manager Janice Casteel will meet with the candidates individually on Thursday and then reconvene the panel on Friday.
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