Chief finalists down to 3


Only three left for chief job

BROOKINGS – There are now only three candidates for the Brookings Police Chief position, City Manager Jeff Weldon announced early Thursday afternoon.

“Brett Quilter is no longer a candidate for the police chief position, so we will be progressing on Monday with three finalists instead of four,” Weldon said.

Quilter is a lieutenant executive officer of the Patrol Division for the police department of Boise, Idaho. He and the other finalists were scheduled to attend an informal meet-and-greet reception from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the Larson Nature Center in Dakota Nature Park.

The other finalists, who will still be attending the reception, are Michael Burgeson, Patrol & Training lieutenant for the police department of Yankton; David Erickson, assistant chief for the Brookings Police Department; and Anthony Morgan, senior shift lieutenant for the Public Safety Department of Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Weldon declined to explain why Quilter is no longer in the running.

“I really can’t get into the specifics. I may be able to at a future date, but right now, all I can say is he’s no longer a candidate,” he said.

Weldon did offer reassurance that Quilter’s late departure would not hurt the city financially.

“We had arrangements to fly anybody from a long distance in – that’s kind of our standard procedure – but we bought trip insurance for his airline ticket, so the city’s not out anything,” Weldon said.

Contact Jodelle Greiner at [email protected]

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