Police chief candidate receives offer

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— David LaRose, of Akron, Colo., has been offered the job of Oak Creek Chief of Police and says he is interested in the position.

On Thursday night, the Oak Creek Board of Trustees voted unanimously to offer LaRose the job. After the meeting, Interim Police Chief Illene Rossi called LaRose about the decision, Oak Creek Town Manager Ray Leibensperger said.

"Thus far, he's very positive about it," he said.

LaRose's wife was in the area Friday looking at possible places to live in Oak Creek, Leibensperger said.

The hiring is pending on a background investigation that Rossi is conducting. She left for Akron on Friday and said at the town meeting that the work should take her two or three days.

LaRose was chosen as the nine-person hiring committee's first recommendation after eight hours of phone interviews with eight applicants on Wednesday. Originally, there were seven applicants, but an eighth was added at the last minute.

After the interviews, the committee members narrowed their choices down to four finalist and then voted for who they liked the best out of that lot. LaRose was the top pick.

The remaining three applicants were Thomas Ling, Mark Lowe and Milton Bailey Bowling.

LaRose visited the south Routt County town a few weeks before the interview, Oak Creek Mayor Deb Van Gundy said.

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