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Finalist Frank McCall, Jr. Finalist Frank McCall, Jr.
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One woman and three men – including one local police chief – have been named finalists for Ferguson’s Chief of Police following a nationwide search. The final decision is expected to be announced by April.

The city said they received 54 applications from across the country to fill the vacancy left by Interim Chief Andre Anderson, who resigned in December 2015 after taking over for former chief Tom Jackson. Jackson resigned in March 2015 amide pressure from the community due to the Justice Department report on the unrest in Ferguson. 

The initial pool of candidates was narrowed down to 16 and only six were invited to interview in front of a panel consisting of Ferguson residents, the city council and law enforcement executives. Then the top four candidates were chosen.

The top four candidates were then interviewed by Ferguson department supervisors, members of the police department and a group of residents. De’Carlon Seewood, Ferguson City Manager, will then decide which person will move into the final phase which includes an extensive background check that will last about two weeks.

The four candidates are:

Mark Becker who is the current Chief of Police for East Chicago, Indiana Police Department and previously served as Chief in Portage, Indiana. Prior to becoming a police chief, Becker retired from the FBI in 2007 following 32 years of service. Becker received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Brenda Jones has more than 28 years of law enforcement experience, previously serving as Chief of Police for the City of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. She is the current Behavioral Specialist for Macon Charter Academy. Jones graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a Master’s in Public Administration. She is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

Frank McCall Jr. is the current police chief in Berkeley, Missouri. McCall has participated in numerous leadership and development programs including FBI National Academy and the Missouri State Highway Patrol Executive Development Program. He is also a member of numerous Police Chief’s Organizations as well as the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.

DeIrish Moss is the Public Information/Community Relations Supervisor for the Miami Police Department. Additionally he is the president of the Miami Police Athletic League which pairs police officers with community children and builds relationships through sports and academics.  Moss is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the NAACP.

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