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California Police Department accepting applications for police chief

City of California in search for new police chief following resignation of another officer. (Photo: KRCG)

Following the resignation of Chief John Hoover, the California Police Department started accepting applications to fill the full-time chief position.

Monday morning, Mayor Norris Gerhart said the city already had 10 applications and that the current appointed interim police chief, Shane Templeton, was one of the officers in running.

Hoover replaced former police chief Michael Ward in May after Ward was accused of purchasing weapons and accessories with city funds and then selling them for personal cash. Investigators also said he forged time sheets for an officer with whom he had an intimate relationship.

Since then, Gerhart said Hoover had really turned the department around after it was left in pieces.

"We have had a lot of turn over in this department," Gerhart said. "But through it all I do think we are heading in the right direction."

In January Hoover resigned. Gerhart did not give comment about what lead to his resignation only months after being appointed.

Now, the position is back open.

Pempleton holds the interim title for now, but Gerhart said the city was actively searching to fill the role.

Officer Dale Embry, the second in command, was not appointed as the interim police chief. Gerhart confirmed that Embry sent his letter of resignation into Hoover before he resigned.

Gerhart said Embry was never asked to resign or told he would be the interim police chief.

Embry's last day is Tuesday.

Editor's Note: The spelling of the interim chief's name has been corrected.

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