Mayor David Felinton released the names of the finalists Friday afternoon. Current chief Gene Baumgardner will retire in mid-May and the Mayor hopes to have a replacement in place by the end of May.
Here are the names along with some background information on each applicant:
D. Michael "Mike" Davis
Davis served for 25 years with the Huntington Police Department and he retired as as lieutenant. He is currently the director of the Cabell County 911 Center. Before becoming a police officer, Davis was in the U.S. Air Force as a munitions maintenance specialist. He currently lives in Huntington.
William "Skip" Holbrook
Holbrook was a special agent with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation for ten years and he eventually became a supervisor at the agency. He recently left police work to return home to the Huntington area so he could be close to relatives and enter private business as a property developer. His first job as a police officer was in Charlotte, where he served 5 years with the department. He currently lives in Proctorville, Ohio.
Charles "Chuck" Martin
Martin retired as a first lieutenant from the West Virginia State Police after 26 years with the agency. He later taught at Marshall University in the Criminal Justice Department. He is a Huntington native but currently lives in Charleston.
Charles "Chuck" Sadler
Sadler retired as a captain with the Charleston Police Department after 24 years of service. He is currently the Police Officer Standards and Training Director for the State of West Virginia and he helps train police officers at the State Police Academy. Sadler currently lives at Scott Depot in Putnam County.