The pool of finalists for the Ohio University chief of police job has been narrowed to three following a decision by one candidate to withdraw from consideration to accept another position.
John Vinson, an undersheriff at the Isabella County Sheriff's Department in Mount Pleasant, Mich., had been scheduled to interview on Friday, Nov. 21.
The final open forum will take place at 2:15 p.m. Monday, in Baker University Center 230, when Ohio University Police Department Lt. Steve Noftz will be available for questions.
Jane Bird, assistant chief of police at Wright State University, interviewed on Nov. 10 and Andrew Powers, assistant director for emergency preparedness at Miami University, interviewed on Nov. 12.
During the open forums, the candidates briefly share their past experiences and qualifications before taking questions from the audience.
Director of Environmental Health and Safety Joe Adams, who is chairing the search committee, said the university hopes to have the new chief in place by Jan. 1.
The successful candidate will replace Mike Martinsen, who announced his resignation in August. OUPD Assistant Chief Mark Mathews is currently serving as interim chief.
-- George Mauzy