Field narrowed for new police chief

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David Purtell - Staff Writer

The city of Barnwell has narrowed its search for a new police chief to five candidates.
The remaining applicants were chosen after interviews with seven people were conducted Feb. 11 by city council.
Mayor Pro Tem Pickens Williams Sr. said the remaining candidates include officers from within the city's Police Department and chiefs from other towns.
The police chiefs from Estill and Springfield were interviewed along with five people from the Barnwell Police Department in the last round.
Williams said city council will have another round of interviews with the remaining candidates March 3 at 6:30 p.m.
Outgoing Chief Todd Gantt announced his retirement in January and plans to leave at the end of February.
By law, the city doesn't have to release the names of the candidates until there are three or fewer left.
The public is cordially invited to a drop-in reception honoring Gantt and Police Detective Frank Sutton following the regular city council meeting on March 3 at City Hall. The reception will begin around 7:15 p.m. and conclude by 8:30.

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story said the police chief of Hardeeville was interviewed during the Feb. 11 meeting. In fact, he was not at the meeting and was not interviewed. He notified city officials before the meeting he would not be able to attend.