Five months after the job posting for a police chief for the Killeen Independent School District was put online, no one has been hired to fill the position.
The opening was originally posted in July, after KISD police Chief Walker Veal retired. He had served in the role since 1992, according to Killeen Daily Herald reports.
The job was again posted on the Schoolspring website in early October. That announcement indicated the candidate hired would be expected to begin work Nov. 1.
To date, 52 applications for the position were received by KISD, according to school officials.
Three rounds of interviews were held, according to Terry Abbott, KISD chief communications officer.
Five applicants were interviewed Aug. 29. One applicant was interviewed Nov. 16. Two applicants were interviewed Dec. 11.
The person who is hired as KISD police chief will oversee 17 officers. The successful candidate will be expected to provide “a safe environment for district students and personnel throughout each campus and extra curricular activities by performing assigned duties personally or through others.”
The salary range for the position is between $86,800 and $117,500 per year, according to the KISD pay range chart for 2017-2018, posted on the district’s website.
While applicants for the full-time position are required to have at least an associate degree and five years related law enforcement experience, the job posting indicates a bachelor’s degree is preferred.
KISD police respond to emergencies and incidents on all district property and work in conjunction with the Killeen Police Department on investigations related to district students and employees.
When, exactly, a new KISD police chief will be hired has yet to be decided.
“The process is ongoing with the existing applicants,” Abbott said. “No further decisions have been made.”
“We want to be sure we get the right fit,” Craft said.