Dothan Continues to Search for New Police Chief Amid Controversy

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

The city of Dothan continues it's search for a new chief of police.

City manager Mike West says he received about 70 applications for the job.

He's narrowed the field down to about a dozen candidates.

He expects to recommend his choice for chief by the end of the month.

But Tuesday at the Dothan city commission meeting, one candidate believes he may have been passed over for the job because he's African-American.

Lieutenant Keith Gray has been with the Dothan Police Department for the past 24 years.

He says he meets all the qualifications for police chief according to the job description provided by the city.

He claims after he submitted his application, the city changed their qualifications; a practice Gray deems unfair.

“I'd rather be told that I am not wanted in the position as police chief when I am eligible, instead of insulting my intelligence by changing the policy and then telling me that I am not qualified,” said Gray.

City officials say the job description was never changed but Dothan’s personnel director says his office is investigating Lieutenant Gray's claims.

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