CHAMPAIGN — As officials look to replace retiring Police Chief R.T. Finney, they have narrowed the field of applicants to four finalists.
Next week, the four will be in Champaign for interviews with members of a 24-person advisory board, and they will have a televised "conversation with the candidates" on Dec. 8. For the public event, they will each be in the city council chambers to make a statement and field pre-determined questions from citizens for 30 minutes each.
The four finalists are:
— Oak Forest police chief Gregory Anderson
— Urbana assistant chief of police Anthony Cobb
— St. Louis police Lt. Col. Antoinette Filla
— East Lansing, Mich., police Capt. Kim Johnson
City officials hope to have selected a new chief of police by early January, and City Manager Steve Carter has said that person could be in the office roughly two months after that.
Champaign Deputy Chief Holly Nearing has been chosen to serve as the interim head of the department. Finney plans to be on vacation in December, and his last day will be Jan. 20.