Mabry is city’s new police chief

Mabry is city's new police chief Vermillion City Manager Jim Patrick announced the search for a new city police chief has ended. Arthur Mabry of Olathe, KS, accepted the position, and will begin his duties on Jan. 6.

Mabry has a bachelor of science degree in administration of justice from American University in Washington, DC, post-graduate work in public administration from the University of Virginia, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. He comes to Vermillion with a high degree of law enforcement experience beginning with 20 years of service on the Fairfax County Sheriff's Department in Virginia where he achieved the level of bureau commander.

After retiring from Fairfax County, Mabry was appointed chief of police in Olathe, KS where he oversaw 158 sworn police officers.

"With Mabry's diverse level of experience, and history of community involvement, we are excited to have his fresh perspective on law enforcement within the community," Patrick said.

The new chief was selected from 32 applicants. The selection process involved a six-member selection committee, and the use of an outside facilitator, Jerry Neff of AES International, who involved 20 community members to develop a "Vermillion Police Chief Profile." The profile was used as the overall selection standard.

The first process to narrow the field was a written interview given to the top 12 candidates. Of the the 12 semifinalists, four were selected as finalists. The final four candidates were interviewed on Nov. 22 using questions derived from the community profile.

After careful review of the written, oral, community interview, and psychological evaluations, the selection committee recommended Mabry as the candidate that most closely matched the standards set by the profile group.

Patrick concurred with the recommendation and Mabry was offered the position.

"The process created a level field for all candidates. It was an extremely tough decision to make, as any one of the candidates would have been great for the city," Patrick said. "Art has the experiences and management style that most closely fits the profile developed by the community at large."

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