Residents are invited to meet police chief candidates


Published: Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 12:02 a.m.

Residents will have a chance to meet with the eight candidates for High Springs police chief this week.

A meeting with the candidates will be held today at the High Springs Civic Center, 330 NW Santa Fe Blvd., according to city officials.

The city began searching for a new chief after Police Chief Ray Kaminskas died last year from an apparent heart attack.

The eight candidates are:

Chief Steven Burch, Crystal River Police Department

Lt. Gordon Fulwood, High Springs interim police chief

Capt. James Nygaard, Lee County Sheriff's Office

Lt. Charles Reed, West Palm Beach Police Department

Lt. Bruce Ross, South Miami Police Department

Capt. Lee Spector, Fort Lauderdale Police Department

Lt. Jim Troiano, Alachua County Sheriff's Office

Chief Phillip Williams, Lake Placid Police Department

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

Free ride: People who celebrate too much during the Super Bowl weekend can get a ride, thanks to AAA Auto Club South and Budweiser.

Both are sponsoring this weekend's Tow to Go program. The event offers a free ride home and a tow by calling 1-800-AAA-HELP.

"Football fans who celebrate with alcohol should make the right decision before kick-off and designate a sober driver. Asking a friend or loved one to give you a safe ride home could save your life," said Ed Schatzman, senior vice president of automotive services for AAA Auto Club south, in a statement about the service.

Gold, silver and bronze: Three emergency response teams from Putnam County competed in a statewide competition this past weekend, and the three teams took first, second and third place, as well as the chance to compete in the international competition in July, according to a news release.

Basic Life Support teams from the Palatka Fire Department, Southwest Volunteer Fire Department and Georgia Pacific Emergency Response Team competed and placed in that order over the weekend. The teams will now go on to face international competition, the release stated.

Donations: In the past year, the Alachua County jail has donated more than $2,850 worth of toiletries and other commissary items to the St. Francis House, according to Eugene Morris, the programs bureau chief with the department of the jail.

Added up over the past eight years, the jail has donated about $20,000 worth of items to the homeless shelter and soup kitchen, including items such as toothpaste, shampoo and socks to those in need, Morris reported.

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