Tuesday, June 06, 2000

Five up for police chief

By David Eck
Enquirer Contributor

        CARLISLE — A Cincinnati police sergeant and the police chief of Independence, Ky., are among five finalists for this Warren County village's police chief position.

        The finalists are:

        • Timothy M. Carney, a police sergeant and coordinating supervisor with Cincinnati since 1995. A Cincinnati officer since 1974, Sgt. Carney has been a detective and patrol supervisor.

        • Robert D. Pieper, who is Carlisle's acting police chief. Chief Pieper was a Hamilton County sheriff's deputy for 25 years and is the former police chief of Sycamore Township.

        • Edgar K. Porter Jr., who has been the police chief of Independence, Ky., since 1995. Chief Porter is a former Cincinnati police lieutenant and commanded the city's SWAT unit for 10 years. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati and is an adjunct professor at UC.

        • Jon B. McCool, a former Ohio State Highway Patrol post commander. Mr. McCool was with the patrol from 1971 to 1998, and most recently was director of security for Roberds Grand. Mr. McCool has a bachelor's degree from Bluffton College.

        • Ronald E. Van Nuys, a sergeant with the Fairborn Police Department. He has been a detective in Fairborn, and joined the department in 1980. He has a master's degree from Xavier University and a bachelor's from Park College.

        The village received 14 applications for the post, but officials said they are satisfied with the quality of the finalists and are expected to select a chief from among them, said Ron Hovell, assistant village manger for finance.

        “We were hoping for a few more applications,” Mr. Hovel said. “Apparently the job market is pretty tight right now.”

        A panel of village officials and police professionals are scheduled to interview the candidates today and background checks will be conducted. A final announcement and appointment of the new chief is expected June 13.

        The new chief will replace Richard St. John, who left in April to become chief of Fairfield Township in Butler County. Carlisle has about 5,400 residents.


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