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2011-06-09 11:54:11
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POLICE CHIEF SEARCH NOT FINISHED, CITY MANAGER SAYS
2011-06-09 11:54:11
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LOCAL WOMAN RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL AFTER WRECK
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MAN WITH 51 IDENTITIES RELEASED FROM JAIL
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What prosecutors describe as a loophole apparently led to the release of a Texas man arrested in Can... read more
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AREA BANK INVESTING IN NEW NAME
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POLICE BLOTTER: OCT. 31, 2009
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Sept. 30 *A resident reported to police she parked her 2005 Chrysler 300 car in the 900 block of Wes... read more
HOW DOES THEIR GARDEN GROW? QUITE WELL, ACTUALLY
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Mustang Community Garden volunteers proved their green thumbs, reaping more than 3,500 pounds of veg... read more
INTERIM RUTLEDGE HIRED AS NEW CITY MANAGER
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City Council members hired Mike Rutledge as Mustang's city manager Thursday night, cutting the searc... read more
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POLICE CHIEF SEARCH NOT FINISHED, CITY MANAGER SAYS
BRETT JONES
Edition:Thursday, June 09, 2011

A search for a new Mustang police chief could be complete in 30 days, but no candidate has been hired, City Manager Mike Rutledge said Tuesday.
Rutledge clarified the status of the search for a replacement after an online publication claimed a hire had already been made. The website and Facebook page for another Mustang publication said “according to an anonymous source, the Mustang Police Department has 'unofficially' hired Charles (Chuck) Foley as its new police chief. Foley is the major at the Oklahoma City Police Hefner Station.”
Rutledge said no such hire has been made, though Foley is a candidate for the post.
The police chief position came open May 23 after Monte James, a 31-year veteran of the department, was fired by Rutledge.
“There was nothing wrong or anything that Chief James did that was inappropriate,” Rutledge has said. “It was just time for a change in my opinion.”
Foley is considered a leading candidate for the job and has been described as dynamic with law enforcement experience in traffic, detectives and narcotics. However, Rutledge said other candidates are being considered including interim police chief Willard James.
Willard James joined the Mustang Police Department on Aug. 1, 1989. Before that, he worked in the oil field and in construction. He holds advanced law enforcement certification and is an accident reconstructionist. He serves on the Transportation Safety Institute's associate staff and teaches training classes here and across the nation.
Since becoming city manager, Rutledge, a former county undersheriff, has pressed the department to be more visible in the city and more aggressive in neighborhood patrolling and traffic enforcement. That push led the department to adopt an updated muscle car, the Dodge Charger, as the department's new patrol vehicle, and Rutledge had wanted those to be used more heavily on patrol.
Monte James was also known to be an outspoken member of city staff that would question policies in staff meetings, often putting him at odds with the city manager. Rutledge has said any such disagreement had no impact on his decision.
“Monte is a very smart person,” Rutledge said. “He does a great job in many areas. I agree to disagree with most of my department heads. We have an open dialogue.”
James was informed May 20 he could resign or be fired. After a weekend to mull the decision, James said May 23 he would not resign. He was dismissed that same day.
James came to Mustang in 1980 after serving in the Army. While in the department, he served as a patrol officer, a detective and a canine officer, patrolling with a German shepherd named Elvis. He also started the drug education program known as DARE that warned fifth-graders about the dangers of illegal drugs use. James was hired as police chief on Jan. 24, 2003.

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