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Fort Wayne finalist for the Cedar Rapids police chief job gets chief’s job in Kalamazoo

In Police Department on May 26, 2008 at 2:32 am

One of the finalists for Cedar Rapids police chief has been named police chief in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Jeff Hadley, 38, a police captain in Fort Wayne, Ind., was named Kalamazoo police chief on Friday, 10 days after Jim Prosser, Cedar Rapids city manager, passed over Hadley and picked Greg Graham, 46, a deputy chief in Ocala, Fla., as Cedar Rapids’ next chief.

Hadley was among three outsiders and two in-house candidates named as finalists for the Cedar Rapids chief’s job. Hadley came to Cedar Rapids to interview twice.

In hiring Hadley on Friday, Kalamazoo City Manager Kenneth Collard, called him a “rising star” in law enforcement. He said that’s why other cities had considered Hadley for chief.

Hadley will run a department with 247 sworn officers, according to the Kalamazoo Gazette. Cedar Rapids’ department has 201.

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