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Police chief search expands

January 27, 2019

KANKAKEE — The list of finalists seeking to fill the Kankakee police chief vacancy has grown from four candidates to five, Mayor Chasity Wells-Armstrong reported.

The mayor explained on Wednesday that one of the four finalists had withdrawn from consideration. As a result of that move, the next candidate in line was added to the list of finalists.

However, because the fifth and sixth candidates ranked so closely by the search consultant’s scoring, both people were added. This move means the list of finalists will be five.

The finalists’ resumes will be presented by the search firm, REM Management of Lansing, to the Kankakee City Council at its Feb. 4 meeting.

Of the initial four candidates, Wells-Armstrong said two were out-of-state and two were in-state, but no one from the city police department made the final cut.

It is not known if either of the two new names added as finalists are members of the city police department.

The mayor hopes to have a chief named by as early as the Feb. 19 council meeting.

Kankakee has been without a permanent police chief since then-Chief Larry Regnier retired in April 2017. Since his departure, the position has been filled by Lt. Robin Passwater, former Illinois State Trooper Price Dumas and presently, Deputy Chief Willie Hunt.

Attempts to have Dumas installed as the permanent chief failed when a majority of the city council voted against his appointment.

Dumas eventually resigned his acting chief position in August 2018.

The city council hired REM Management in October at a cost of $18,500 to coordinate the search.

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