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Three police chief finalists named

Hastings is getting closer to finding its new chief of police. The city received 39 applications for the position. The pool was narrowed to six candidates, who participated in the first round of the interview process on Wednesday, Aug. 21. The next round of interviews is set for Sept. 4.

The chief of police position became vacant in late July, when former chief Paul Schnell resigned to take the chief of police position in Maplewood. Since then, Lt. Joe Kegley has been serving as Hastings’ interim chief.

On Aug. 21, the six candidates met with three interview panels that conducted interviews throughout the day—a nine-member community-based panel, a six-member police department staff panel and a four-member non-police staff panel. According to a city press release, panel members were impressed with the quality of applicants they met, all of whom have a high level of professionalism and expertise in police management.

Following the interview process, the candidate pool has been narrowed to three finalists. These finalists, in alphabetical order are:

John F. Arvidson, captain with the Lakeville Police Department

Joseph Leko, captain with Dakota County Sheriff’s Office

Bryan D. Schafer, inspector with Minneapolis Police Department

The three finalists will participate in a leadership assessment and will be interviewed by the Public Safety Committee of the Council on Wednesday, Sept. 4. It remains the city’s goal to have final City Council approval of the appointment at the Oct. 7 Council meeting.