Council set to meet regarding Portales police chief hire

Portales city councilors will meet the top candidate for Portales police chief Friday, according to City Manager Tom Howell.

Howell declined to identify the candidate, who was among the three finalists interviewed, citing it was a personnel issue.

The finalists are Portales Police Department Lt. Mark Cage, Daniel Shawn Fullagar of Coppell, Texas, and Charles Douglas Jones of Jacksonville, Fla. The were chosen from among the original 35 applicants.

The position of police chief pays between $38,183 to $64,440 depending on an individual's experience.

Howell said a conditional offer has been made to the candidate, which means he is being offered the position only if he accepts certain conditions of his employment, such as gaining New Mexico law enforcement certification, agreeing to cooperate with drug tests and the original offered salary.

Howell said city councilors will share their input and opinions on the candidate with the committee, but will not be involved in the final decision as to who is hired but their opinions will be taken into high consideration.

City councilors Leo Lovett and Dianne Parker and Mayor Sharon King serve on the committee, along with Howell.

Howell said the committee hopes to finalize their decision by the end of next week.

The city is looking to replace Jeff Gill, who retired at the end of August after 18 years as chief.

According to his resume records, Cage has academic degrees through the bachelor degree level and has worked in law enforcement for over 20 years with experience as a supervisor and administrator.

Fullagar's records also showed academic degrees through the bachelor level and more than 27 years of law enforcement experience with 12 years at a command level.

Jones also has academic degrees through the bachelor level and almost 27 years law enforcement experience as a special agent with the FBI and as a director of training with the U.S. Virgin Islands Police Department.

Cage said he has not been approached about the chief position.

"No one has spoken to me about it. That would lead me to believe that I've not been chosen," Cage said.

He did not comment further.

Fullagar and Jones could not to be reached for comment.

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