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By Ian Thompson
SUISUN CITY - Suisun City has received a half-dozen applications from law enforcement officers who want to be the city's next police chief - and the final day to apply for the job is still more than two weeks away.
The city is looking for someone to replace Suisun City Police Chief Ron Forsythe, who announced a month ago that he was going to retire March 7 because of ongoing medical problems.
"We are advertising at this moment and will be closing applications on Feb. 5," Suisun City Manager Suzanne Bragdon said.
If everything goes according to plan, the applicants will be interviewed in mid-February and a decision will be announced by mid-March, Bragdon said.
Bragdon is pleased with the number of applications and said that is because of "the direction the department is taking is very exciting and that filters through the police ranks."
Bragdon referred to last year's campaign to put the department back on the job around the clock after several years of contracting with the Solano County Sheriff's Office to patrol the city during the early morning hours.
City officials spent much of the year refilling the police department's depleted ranks, increasing the number of officers on the force and instituting new community law enforcement programs.
Forsythe's medical problems sidelined him for most of the last six months and the department's daily activities were overseen by acting police chief Commander Ed Dadisho.
Dadisho will continue as acting police chief and can also apply for the permanent job if he chooses, Bragdon said.