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City of Beaumont
News Release
Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Committee, Manager Complete Interviews for Police Chief
Appointment will be announced by the end of the week

Beaumont, Texas –City Manager Kyle Hayes and a 10-member interview committee yesterday met with all seven finalists for the position of police chief, with the committee reaching consensus on one finalist, and Hayes agreeing with their recommendation.

Hayes will make an official appointment by the end of the week, after meeting with that candidate, and once the others have been notified. A formal announcement will follow.

“The committee and I were very impressed with all of the individuals who interviewed for this important post,” Hayes said. “The quality of the candidates was high, so I’m pleased that the committee was able to agree on one standout, and I thank them for their time and their valuable input.”

As dictated by state law, Hayes’ appointment must be confirmed by the city’s governing body, in this case, the City Council.  The finalist will go before the Council for confirmation during its regular meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 30.

Beaumont Police Chief Frank Coffin announced in March that he will retire effective Sept. 30.  Coffin, who has been a member of the city’s police force for nearly four decades, has been its chief since 2006.  The new chief will lead a department with approximately 300 employees and an annual budget of $31.6 million.

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