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MADISON, Wis. - Madison's
former police chief says the finalists to replace him are "quality
candidates."




The Madison Police and
Fire Commission named two men as finalists for the job this week.



Sgt. Mike Koval and
Capt. Carl Gloede, two longtime MPD officers, are still in the running for the
city's top cop.



Former Chief Noble
Wray, in his new capacity as head of the Urban League of Greater Madison, calls
the naming of two internal candidates a "good thing."



"I think it
affirms the direction in which we're going," said Wray. "Clearly the
new chief will assess where the community is, where the department is and make
some changes for the purposes of continuous improvement.



Koval is in charge of
recruitment and training for MPD, is a former FBI agent and hostage negotiator
and was also a finalist to be Chief in 2004.



Gloede is a former
secret service agent who has helped coordinate city response to "Occupy
Madison", Freakfest, the Mifflin Street block partyand the 2011 Capitol
protests. Gloede also coordinates the honor guard for the department.



"I think the
community can rest assured that they've got two individuals with high integrity
that have compassion not only for the profession but for the people in this
community," said Wray.



The PFC narrowed the
race from 20 candidates to six. Four other semi-finalists for the job were
South District MPD Captain Joe Balles, Dean of Blackhawk Technical College
public safety program and former MPD lieutenant Mark Brown, David Ennis, a
lieutenant with the Anne Arundel County Sheriff's Department in Maryland and
Michael Scott, Director of the UW's Center for Problem-Oriented Policing.



Of those finalists was
just one person of color, and no women applied for the job. Wray says that
surprises him, but he doesn't fault the commission.



"They have done
an outstanding job," said Wray. "Would I have liked to have seen more
diversity? Absolutely. But I think their work has been second-to-none and I
think you'd be hard-pressed with the demographics in this community to have a
commission produce what they have."



PFC officials do not
have an exact time frame for when the decision will be made and are currently
conducting background investigations and further interviews with the two
candidates.



 



Former police chief weighs in on finalists Saturday, March 22 2014, 03:47 PM CDT

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