Arlington Narrows List Of Police Chief Candidates

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ARLINGTON (1080 KRLD) - Arlington has narrowed its list of candidates for police chief.

The city launched its nationwide search on June 1st, and 74 people applied. 

24 of those advanced to the next round and the city has now pared that list down to ten semifinalists.

Four are internal candidates, including interim police chiefs Jaime Ayala and Kevin Kolbye, and one other is currently an assistant chief with the Fort Worth Police Department.

The other five are out of state candidates.

They are vying to succeed Will Johnson, who retired as police chief earlier this year.

The ten semifinalists will engage in a series of in-person panel interviews with members of the city's executive leadership team, employee representatives and community leaders.

Finalists will be chosen by mid-October, and the city hopes to hire its new police chief either in late October or early November.

The ten semi-finalists are:

Internal candidates:

• Assistant Chief Jaime Ayala

• Assistant Chief Kevin Kolbye

• Deputy Chief Osbaldo Flores

• Deputy Chief Tarrick McGuire

Other local candidate:

• Asst. Chief Charles Ramirez, Fort Worth Police Department 

Out-of-state candidates:

• Col. Alexander Jones, Baltimore County Police Department

• Inspector Derrick Wood, Philadelphia Police Department

• Cmdr. Jason Lando, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police

• Deputy Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia, Buffalo Police Department

• Perry Tarrant, Chief Operating Officer/Partner, Tri-9 Solutions, LLC