Committee to review candidates for new assistant police chief job

Thursday, March 1, 2001 at 1:00am

A committee in charge of interviewing candidates for the vacant assistant police chief position will meet Monday to begin the task of choosing a replacement for Bobby Russell, who retired Dec. 31 after more than 36 years with the force.

Chief Emmett Turner and Mayor Bill Purcell worked together in appointing the four-member committee, which is chaired by John Seganthaler, founder of the First Amendment Center, and includes local attorney Susan Short Jones, David Jennings of the TBI and Criminal Court Judge Randall Wyatt.

According to Metro Police spokesman Don Aaron, 12 captains have applied for the position. At least one of the candidates, Luther Hunter, is still the subject of an ongoing internal investigation. Hunter is a captain within the School Services division. Kennetha Sawyers, head of the Office of Professional Accountability, would not comment on the reason Hunter is being investigated. She said she can

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