Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JAA Pares Police Job to 6; New Chief Expected on Job in a Month

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

JAA Pares Police Job to 6; New Chief Expected on Job in a Month

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Byline: Christopher Calnan, Times-Union business writer

The Jacksonville Airport Authority is about one month away from getting a new police chief, and administrators have whittled the applicants to a short list of six candidates.

Nineteen people applied for the position. The authority's list, which is dominated by Florida residents, includes interim police chief, Lt. Sedrick Rivers.

Also being considered is Stephen Marlovits Jr., a shift commander for the Tampa International Airport Police Department; William Anderson, DeLand's former chief of police; L. Jerome Spates, the director of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office's department of corrections; and Jack Wise, a Jacksonville private security consultant.

Michael Brant, a customer service manager for Northwest Airlines in Memphis, is the only candidate who's not a Florida resident.

The police chief's position has been vacant for eight months.

JAA Chief Operating Officer Chip Snowden said he expects a four-person review panel will interview the candidates early next month. The interviews will be done in private, he said.

The panel would select two finalists who would then be interviewed by Snowden and authority Executive Director John Clark.

Snowden said he and Clark would make the final selection by the end of July. No approval by the board of directors is needed, he said.

The panelists will be an employee of the authority's human resource department, a Transportation Security Administration official and two other airport industry administrators.

The job pays $52,463 to $78,694 a year. The police chief manages a 33-officer department that is responsible for the safety of the public and tenants at the JAA's four airports. Last year, the department made 36 arrests, according to the JAA.

Quality airport policing is still important despite the work of the new Transportation Security Administration, said David Stempler, president of the Washington D.C.-based Air Travelers Association. The federal agency screens passengers and luggage, while the airport police enforce laws and perform security duties. …

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