Process for new Sanford police chief takes next step

Five candidates will go through a screening process

The process to replace the city of Sanford’s police chief will start with five candidates and a two-screening process.

City Manager Norton Bonaparte talked to WDBO about the challenges a new chief would face.

“Given the Trayvon Martin shooting that has made the Sanford Police Department on notice that we need to be even better than we have been in the past,” Bonaparte said.

Narrowing down the candidates to 76, Bonaparte says the next police chief must regain the trust of the community.

“In addition to leading the Sanford Police Department, needs to establish a level of improved trust,” he said.

The city has planned a public reception and community forum for residents to meet the finalists.

Police Chief Bill Lee, who drew criticism for how the department handled the Martin case, was fired in the summer. Many protested the failure of the city police in arresting George Zimmerman immediately after he shot and killed the unarmed teen.

Zimmerman has pleaded self-defense.





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