Chief search narrowed

Oak Creek mayor asks for more candidates

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— The police chief search in Oak Creek has yielded two final candidates, but having only two men to choose from makes the hiring panel uncomfortable.

Originally, four names of suitable candidates came to the board from Sheriff John Warner after he and two other law enforcement professionals culled a long list of applicants.

But two of the four withdrew their bids for the position earlier this week.

Bob Yant asked that he no longer be considered after his interview but did not give a reason.

Candidate Larry Elarton also stepped down, citing the expense of the area.

The two remaining candidates, Dale Martin Orlowske and Charles Oliver, were interviewed on Thursday by a panel of Oak Creek Town Board members, reserve officer Eileen Rossi and Steamboat Springs Assistant Police Chief Art Fiebing.

After the interviews, Mayor Cargo Rodeman placed a call to Sheriff John Warner requesting more applicants.

Warner is out of the office until next week.

"We are looking for someone long term," Rodeman said. "I want someone to stay at least a decade."

Oliver and Orlowske were fine candidates, Rossi said, "but we have to find the right fit.

"I think we are pretty close (to finding someone)," she said.

The next step will depend on Rodeman and Warner's conversation.

Whether the Town Board interviews more candidates, the final choice of the town board will be put through an in-depth background check by the Routt County Sheriff's Office.

The town has been without a full-time police chief since Thomas Ling quit in June.

The Oak Creek Police Department completely disappeared in August with the unexpected resignation of officer Kelby Kenney.

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