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5 make cut for St. Pete Beach police chief

Next up for the finalists: a tour of the city, meetings with Police Department staffers and a round of interviews.

By AMY WIMMER, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 30, 2002

ST. PETE BEACH -- Five candidates for police chief will tour the city and meet with Police Department employees in mid-November.

A committee led by City Manager Mike Bonfield has pared the 125 applicants to five finalists. The final cut was made last week and involved reviewing videotaped interviews supplied by eight semifinalists.

On Nov. 14 and 15, the five candidates will tour the city, meet Police Department staff, and have interviews with the selection committee and individually with Bonfield.

The selection committee consists of Bonfield, St. Pete Beach Personnel Director Kara Schrader-Smith, Largo police Chief Lester Aradi, consultant Bob Chambers, and interim police Chief Bob Babineau.

The new police chief will replace Ray Kaminskas who, criticized for failing to resolve internal turmoil at his department, resigned in July.

Two of the finalists now work in Florida. A third has past Florida law enforcement experience. The applicants are:

-- Ted Litschauer, chief of the Sedalia (Mo.) Police Department. He moved to Missouri seven years ago but previously worked for the Tampa Police Academy, the Tampa Police Department and the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

-- Donald S. Quire, SWAT liaison for the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. He retired from the St. Petersburg Police Department three years ago as a major.

Quire was part of a team that researched and implemented community policing in St. Petersburg.

-- Charles David Romine, the police chief in Winter Haven. He previously was assistant chief of the South Miami Police Department, including several months as acting chief.

-- Michael E. Rowland is a captain with the Mobile (Ala.) Police Department. He has worked in Mobile since 1973, when he was hired as a police cadet.

-- Karl W. Wilmes is the police chief in Edgewater, Colo., and has worked in law enforcement in Colorado since 1979.

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