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MCCALL -- The top candidate for the vacant chief of police position will visit McCall next week for a meet and greet with city leaders, police officers, and community members.

Justin Williams is currently serving as chief of the Tarleton State University Police Department in Stephenville, Texas. According the university's website, Williams has been chief there since 2007.

McCall city manager Gene Drabinski tells KTVB that Williams is at the top of the list for the position, but city leaders want to make sure the feeling is mutual.

We want to make sure he wants us as much as we want him, Drabinski said.

Williams will visit McCall on Thursday, Oct. 10 and Friday, Oct. 11. While there he'll meet with various city officials, including the current and former police officers and the prosecuting attorney, Drabinski said. No public events are planned.

After the controversial firing of former chief Jerry Summers, city leaders took their time to find the right person for the job.

Summers was fired by a unanimous city council vote back in April. He is now suing the city and various city leaders on more than a dozen claims, including wrongful termination.

When searching for Summers' replacement, Drabinski said he put together a list of characteristics and qualities he'd like to see in the new chief, and Williams matches those characteristics very well.

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