The City of Marlin Narrows Search for Police Chief to Top 5 Candidates

City of Marlin Press Release
Friday, September 27, 2019

Throughout the small Central Texas City of Marlin, the city is experiencing significant changes and seeing future
opportunities once again, despite some setbacks. Many Central Texans is admiring the resilience and tenacity of
this small-town leadership team efforts to be more transparent and to “Get It Right.”

compiled. Among the 11 well-qualified candidates who applied for the position, five semifinalists were named to meet with the city management and leadership team.

The search included department leaders from cities across the state. According to Cedric Davis Sr., Marlin’s City Manager/Interim Police Chief, “No internal officers were considered because none met the new higher standards and qualifications authorized by the city council, who is looking for a well-qualified leader to take over the overhauling duties of the Marlin Police Department from Davis.

Davis, who has more than three decades of combined law enforcement, public safety and security experience was installed as Interim Police Chief on August 23, 2019, after the death of former Chief Nathan Sodek. Mayor Carolyn Lofton and city leadership are preparing to accept Davis’ top five list at a special called city council meeting on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.

The semifinalists list includes candidates from Dallas, Houston, Mart, and Italy, Texas. The semi-finalist list is
diverse, it consists of two African Americans, two Hispanic Americans, and one White American candidate. All five hold the Master Peace Officer certification.

The candidate’s education credentials include: one Associate Degree, three Master’s Degree’s, and one Doctoral Candidate. The semi-finalists years of law enforcement experience range from 15 up to 42 years.

On Friday, October 4, 2019, city officials plan to schedule interviews with the five semifinalists before inviting the top two candidates for a community forum-style interview with Marlin residents.

Mayor Carolyn Lofton stated: “In an effort to improve the quality and integrity of city leadership personnel, we are elated to have the opportunity to meet and converse with the distinguished law enforcement officials that have made it to this stage of the hiring process. I believe that the positive path we are taking to move Marlin forward has generated the interest of quality individuals who are committed to assisting us in our efforts.” We thank all Marlinite’s for their patience and understanding.

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