25 candidates apply to become Columbus’ next police chief

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) – Twenty-five candidates have submitted applications to become Columbus’ next police chief.

Media outlets report that the city began taking applications a month ago to find a successor to former police chief Tony Carleton. Carleston resigned Nov. 12 in the wake of the police-involved shooting death of Ricky Ball. State officials continue to investigate Ball’s death.

The Columbus City Council appointed Capt. Fred Shelton interim chief during the search. Shelton has said he plans to apply for the permanent job.

From here, city officials will review applications before handing the process over to a search committee created by the council. That committee will review the applicants who made it through the initial review by city officials and narrow the field to a few finalists. The council will decide who to hire.