Stepped Up Search for Chief of Police

The city of Springfield has not had a permanent police chief since Sam Slay left the job last summer to run for sheriff.

Springfield city commissioners met Wednesday, trying to finalize a plan to fill the job.

They agreed to advertise the job, soliciting candidates who have a college degree in law enforcement or a related field.

But the board is making one exception. It will consider acting Police Chief Barnes' application. Barnes does not have a degree.