City Commission will address process for replacing police chief

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer

Clovis city manager Joe Thomas said he will seek the advisement of the City Commission to determine the process by which the new chief of police will be appointed.

He said the matter will be discussed during an executive session prior to Thursday’s scheduled commission meeting.

Police Chief Bill Carey announced Aug. 31 he will retire at the end of September following a 29-year career with the Clovis Police Department. Carey has served as chief for the past five years.

Thomas said he did not want to elaborate on the matter prior to the commission meeting. He previously said a national search could be done or the position could be filled internally.

Thomas said Deputy Chief of Police Dan Blair will serve as interim chief if one is not hire by the end of the month.

Last week, Carey said he recommends his deputy chief for the position.
Blair said he is interested in the position and will go through the application process when it is announced.

“I like what I do and I would like to be the chief. I’m just in a wait and see kind off mode,” Blair said. “Whatever Mr. Thomas and the commission decide, I’m good with it.”

A 21-year veteran with the department, Blair was appointed by Carey as deputy chief in 2005.