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Everest Metro police commission reviews applicants for open position in department today

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The Weston Safety Building home of Everest Metro Police Department and Weston Fire Department. Image taken on 7/1/2011.
The Weston Safety Building home of Everest Metro Police Department and Weston Fire Department. Image taken on 7/1/2011.

WESTON, Wis. (WSAU) -- Everest Metro's police commission will be going over candidates for an open position in the department today.

Police chief Wally Sparks says the department isn't adding any new staff at this time. "The last time we added staff to the department was in 2005, but we did have a retirement. One of our officers retired this spring, so we're just going through the recruitment process to fill his position." Sparks says 49 people signed up for this position, down from the last opening a few years ago. He says the department has put stricter rules on applications since then.

The chief says that while his staff have been looking at all aspects of the potential officers, what they really want is someone who has the proper values for an officer. "If you're going to have somebody working for you for hopefully 20 or 30 years, you want to pick out the best person hands down. We can teach them what they need to know, but those character traits and those qualities are really the core values we're looking for."

Sparks says his department puts the applicants through a rigorous screening process. "We do a staff interview with the staff of the police department, and we include a couple of training officers, sometimes a supervisor. We screen them though usually two interview processes, the last one with the police commission who ultimately makes that final hiring decision."

The commission will meet today at 4:45 at the Weston Municipal Court and go into closed session to continue interviews.

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