Palestine Police Chief Chuck Edge, who has been in his current job for the past four years, is among four finalists for the vacant police chief’s job in Waxahachie.

The 46-year-old Edge, who was hired by the Palestine City Council in March 2003, initially interviewed for the Waxahachie job late last month.

The field of approximately 80 applicants was first trimmed to 10 candidates and then reduced further to four finalists earlier this week.

Waxahachie, which is 25 miles south of Dallas, is a city of approximately 24,000 residents located in Ellis County.

“It’s just an opportunity that has presented itself,” Edge told the Herald-Press Friday. “My wife (Kathy) and I are exploring that opportunity. Obviously, we have to wait and see what the City of Waxahachie has to say.”

Edge’s hiring to his current post was approved four years ago today — March 3, 2003 — by the Palestine City Council. Prior to coming to Palestine, he had worked as a field commander for the Harris County Narcotics Task Force, with his commission carried by the Baytown Police Department.

Other finalists for the Waxahachie police chief’s job include Fred Collie, who most recently served as deputy chief for the Arlington Police Department; Don Green, deputy chief with the Knoxville (Tenn.) Police Department; and Carl Smith, assistant police chief for the DeSoto Police Department.

The four finalists are expected to be re-interviewed by a panel of Waxahachie city government leaders early next week.

On Friday, Edge acknowledged that his next interview for the Waxahachie job was set for Tuesday.

More than 80 applications were received for the Waxahachie police chief’s job.

The new chief is expected to be announced in approximately a month.

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Paul Stone may be contacted via e-mail at pstone@palestineherald.com

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