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9/13/09

Next Lubbock County Sheriff could be named Tuesday

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By James Clark | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock County might have a new Sheriff by Tuesday morning. County Commissioners have revealed their selection plan to NewsChannel 11.  Commissioners are choosing the replacement for outgoing Sheriff David Gutierrez who steps down September 14th at midnight.  

Commissioners will interview five candidates for Sheriff Monday afternoon.   Those candidates are:

  • Chief Deputy Kelly Rowe,
  • Animal Control Director Kevin Overstreet
  • U.S. Marshal Ronnie O'Neal
  • Former Major Deputy Don Carter
  • Lubbock-Cooper ISD Police Chief Jesse Pena

"Each applicant will be given one hour," says County Commissioner Bill McCay. He adds, "We have given each applicant a list of prepared questions that they can look over during the weekend, and gather their responses."

Each candidate will be asked the same questions during open session of the Lubbock County Commissioner's Court. McCay says, "After the interviews Monday afternoon, we'll discuss it, and discuss the applicants. We'll meet back again Tuesday morning and if one applicant stands out, head-and-shoulders above the others, then we'll make that announcement Tuesday morning."

If more than one candidate stands out, then Commissioners will schedule another round of interviews. No interim Sheriff has been named. So in essence, September 14th at midnight Chief Deputy Kelly Rowe will be the acting Sheriff until one of the five candidates is named.   In addition to the five finalists, there were approximately six other people who applied for the job.

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