MOULTRIE — The City of Doerun named a single finalist this week to fill the position of police chief that has been vacant since former Chief Randy Hill was dismissed in June.

Norman Park Police Chief Shane Fulford was named as the finalist, and Doerun City Council can take a vote on employing him after a 14-day required waiting period, City Attorney Tommy Coleman said Monday.

Fulford’s name was announced during a Monday council meeting when residents asked about the status of the search for a new chief, Coleman said.

The compensation for a new chief has not been decided, he said.

“They didn’t discuss that,” Coleman said.

Before becoming chief in Norman Park Fulford served as chief of the Ray City Police Department for five years.

He was hired to head Norman Park’s three-officer force in April 2008 after the resignation earlier in the year of former police Chief Ray Bedal.

Doerun currently has three police officers, with a fourth officer’s position and the chief’s position open, City Clerk Amy Allegood said. The city received a number of resumes, but Allegood said she is not sure how many applicants were interviewed.

Coleman said that the entire council has been interviewing applicants. He also did not know how many people were interviewed.

“They’ve been interviewing people all along,” Coleman said.

Mayor Wade Ethridge did not return a call for comment on Wednesday.

Former Doerun police Chief Randy Hill was given a letter of dismissal on June 12, with the council giving no reason for the firing. During a personnel hearing during which Hill addressed the council, Ethridge referenced a “lack of cooperation” with other law enforcement agencies.

Hill served as chief 26 years in the city of about 840 people.



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