UPDATE: City Manager Bill Panos just returned our calls and said that while he can't comment on specifics, the search for the city's next police chief "is taking a little longer than we thought. But we'd rather be really thorough in our determination."
So thorough, in fact, that Panos said, "We have in place probably the most comprehensive review/background investigation of police candidates at any time in the city’s history."
He said he's hoping a decision will be made by Sept. 1 or earlier.
Michael Johnson, the current chief of police in Anderson and a former sergeant with Eureka Police Department, has reportedly withdrawn his candidacy after being (conditionally) offered
the job of Eureka's next chief, according to the Lost Coast Outpost
. Seems Johnson was peeved about the city's indecision, peeved that he couldn't get a hold of City Manager Bill Panos and peeved about the hiring process, which he called "unprofessional" in a letter to Panos.
Head on over to the LoCO
to read Johnson's full letter.