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Of the Keizertimes

There are 33 people vying to replace Marc Adams as Keizer’s next police chief.

Only one is an internal candidate.

Captain Jeff Kuhns confirmed last week he is the internal Keizer Police Department candidate.

Earlier this year, Adams announced he would retire as police chief – a job he’s held since 1997 – at the end of 2013. In May, Adams changed his mind and announced he would retire at the end of that month. He did so, but agreed to come on board as the interim chief until the end of August.

Machell DePina, Human Resources director for the city, said the recruitment process closed on July 5.

“There are 33 applicants, one of which is internal,” DePina said.

In May, DePina hoped to start interviewing candidates just after the 4th of July holiday for the position, expected to pay between $90,480 and $118,040. The hope at the time was to make a final offer Aug. 2, with the new chief on board Sept. 2.

The timeline has since been pushed back slightly.

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