The top four candidates for Enterprise police chief have been asked to be ready to come to town and bring their wives, according to the police chief evaluation committee set up by Enterprise city councilors.

“Some are coming a long way and all are excited to come out here,” said city administrator Michele Young.

The evaluation committee included members of the public and was advised on terminology and credentials by Wallowa County Sheriff Steve Rogers.

The city received eight applications and has narrowed their selection to four top picks.

The councilors and committee will now develop an interview script and select a three-day time period the last week of September or the first week of October when the candidates will be interviewed by a panel.

The candidates have been asked to plan to spend all three days of the interview time-period in Wallowa County to familiarize themselves with the people and the area.

Police Chief Brian Harvey of La Grande has offered to assist in the interview process depending on availability. Harvey was one of three police chiefs who made up the original review task force from the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police (OACP). The OACP task force was called in to review the history and structure of the Enterprise Police Department after former Enterprise Police Chief Wes Kilgore resigned.

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