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Middletown residents can meet one of three finalists for top cop job Tuesday

Middletown residents can meet one of three finalists to be the borough's next chief of police at the borough hall on Tuesday, July 15.

Councilor Scott Sites, chairman of Middletown Borough Council's Public Safety Committee, said one of the three finalists cannot attend the July 21 meeting that the committee had set for residents to meet all three candidates. So the committee set a meeting for Tuesday so residents can meet that candidate. Residents also will be able to meet the other two candidates during the Monday, July 21 meeting.

As for Tuesday night, Sites said that the committee will interview the candidate behind closed doors starting at 5:15 p.m. He expected this interview to last from 30 minutes to an hour.

Immediately after, the committee will present the candidate to the public in council chambers. Sites said residents can "meet and mingle" with the candidate, and will have the chance to ask questions. The committee will take no action Tuesday night regarding any of the candidates.

Mayor James H. Curry III said Middletown residents have never before had the chance to directly question candidates for the top cop job.

The mayor is not a member of the committee, but has been allowed to participate in the interviews of police chief candidates that have taken place so far. The police chief reports to the mayor under the borough's form of government. 

Borough councilors Robert Louer and John Brubaker are the other two members of the public safety committee.

The Monday, July 21 session for residents to meet the two other candidates will start at 4 p.m. in council chambers. The process will be the same as Tuesday's process – the committee will first interview the two candidates behind closed doors, then present them to the public.