Tega Cay is narrowing down its search for a new police chief, following a first round of interviews to replace retiring Chief Rick Evelsizer.
Evelsizer will retire Jan. 1. He’s been police chief for 16 years and with the department for 25. The city started looking for a new chief upon hearing of his retirement plans, with hopes of identifying someone well before the new year.
“I started this process early so that the (incoming) chief would have the opportunity to meet with Chief Evelsizer prior to his departure and meet with department staff prior to taking over on Jan. 2,” said City Manager Charlie Funderburk.
“This will hopefully allow for a seamless transition for that department.”
Applications started coming in late June. Through the Aug. 1 cutoff, the city received 80 applications “from across the country,” Funderburk said.
“I have just completed the first round of interviews and will begin bringing the top candidates from those interviews in for a second interview the first part of September,” he said.
The plan is to narrow the field to three candidates by the end of September. Funderburk hopes to have the final name in early October.