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St. Paul mayor set to announce his pick for police chief soon

On Tuesday, the mayor of St. Paul will reveal his choice for police chief.

According to a Monday statement, Melvin Carter intends to convene municipal and neighborhood leaders at City Hall to formally reveal his choice at 11 a.m. There will also be his top choice.

The five finalists are Kurt Hallstrom, senior commander of the Eastern District for the St. Paul police, Jacqueline Bailey, police staff inspector for the Philadelphia police, Pamela Barragan, commander of the community partnerships unit for the St. Paul police, Axel Henry, commander of the narcotics and human trafficking unit for the St. Paul police, and Stacy Murphy, assistant police chief for the St. Paul police.

The contenders underlined that decreasing gun violence, maintaining connections with the community, and hiring officers were their top goals.

Since Todd Axtell’s resignation as police chief in June, the department has been led by Jeremy Ellison, who most recently served as a deputy chief. Ellison did not apply for the full-time position.

Out of 18 candidates that satisfied the requirements for the position, the finalists were chosen by a community-based examination committee. In accordance with the city charter, the city council must give its consent to the mayor’s appointment.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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