Springfield

Springfield Council hears pushback on police chief hiring process; city manager responds

CHRONICLE PHOTO - An illuminated Springfield Police sign inside the department.

SPRINGFIELD — Questioning transparency of the process, nearly a dozen Springfield residents at this week’s City Council meeting cited their concerns, disappointment, and sense of betrayal in how the City came to its decision of hiring its newest police chief. 

After serving as interim police chief for nearly a year, Andrew Shearer was officially appointed to the role on March 28.

"I wanted someone with fresh eyes who could focus on addressing issues and making improvements within the department," Newton . . .

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