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14 in the running for Covington police chief

3 years 3 months 2 weeks ago August 23, 2013 Aug 23, 2013 Friday, August 23 2013 August 23, 2013 6:58 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

COVINGTON - Fourteen candidates passed a written civil service test, and now move to the interview stage with the mayor to be considered for Covington's next police chief.

The names of the candidates were released Thursday at a Covington Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board meeting.

Timothy Lentz, a former St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office chief deputy, and James Steele, a violent crime investigator with the East Baton Rouge Parish district attorney's office, scored the highest on the exam, with a 92 out of 100.

Interim Police Chief Jack West, a 30-year veteran of the Covington Police Department, scored an 89.

Mayor Mike Cooper says he hopes to appoint a police chief by late October.

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