Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) JAMESTOWN – The search for Jamestown’s next police chief may soon come to an end as the city’s mayor has narrowed down the search to three candidates.Jamestown Mayor Eddie Sundquist tells WNY News Now he hopes to finalize a potential offer to one of the three by November’s City Council Voting Session; with a public announcement coming either later this week or early next.The Mayor says the final three, which out of respect for the candidates will not be publicly announced at the moment, are made up of both internal and external applicants.Sundquist says he is looking for a person who is community oriented and able to address tough questions like: What should policing look like in Jamestown? “All three are very driven individuals that really want to make the community better,” said Sundquist. “Each one has had years of experience working with a police department, but more importantly the top attribute that I am looking for in a police chief is someone that is willing to adapt and change as the needs of the community change.”The Mayor says he wants the candidate to be able to understand community policing efforts and be able to make changes within the department for the benefit of the entire city.“When I talk about community policing, I’m talking about a force that is out there, that is being with our kids in the schools, that is being able to walk the beat in neighborhoods, so that as people are sitting on their porches the police officers know who they are, they know what is going on in the community, that is the type of community policing that we need to get back to,” explained Sundquist. “We’ve focused so much on law and order, and so much on putting people in jail, that we forgot that one of the key components of a police department is knowing the community that they serve.”Additionally, the Mayor says he wants to appoint a chief that would advocate for more wraparound services like mental health outreach and domestic violence prevention.Sundquist has been working with a police chief recommendation committee on finding a good candidate for the job after Police Chief Harry Snellings retired in July.In the meantime, Jamestown Police Lieutenant Timothy Jackson is serving as interim chief. Sundquist says Jackson was among applicants, but, didn’t say if he is among the final three.He says several members of Jamestown Police have applied for the position.
Press Association The 34-year-old Hungary international was released by the Baggies at the end of last season after missing the final months of the campaign with a anterior cruciate ligament knee injury but was invited back to train with the squad over the summer. West Brom boss Steve Clarke was impressed with Gera’s progress during his rehabilitation and has now rewarded the player with a new deal. “It’s great to have Zoltan on board for another season,” Clarke said. “He’s a top professional and good within the group. “I believe his form last season before his injury was as good as at any time in his career and our main aim is to get him back to that level as quickly as possible. “If he reaches that level again, he will be a great asset for us.” Gera, who made 18 appearances before his season was ended by injury, is scheduled to return to full training on Monday week and should be available for first-team selection in early October. West Brom’s sporting and technical director Richard Garlick added: “I’m delighted we’ve managed to agree a deal that suits all parties. “It’s been well documented that Zoltan has had rotten luck with injuries over the past couple of years but when he has played he has been different class. The amount of goals and assists he provided last season underlines this. “He has worked extremely hard to get himself fit and we’re looking forward to seeing him pull on an Albion shirt again in the near future.” Gera is effectively now in his third stint at The Hawthorns. He first joined the club from Ferencvaros in 2004 and made 155 appearances before joining Fulham in 2008. He returned to Albion on a free transfer in August 2011. West Brom have re-signed midfielder Zoltan Gera on a one-year deal.