FARMINGTON — Farmington's two deputy police chiefs were among the more than 50 people who applied to be Farmington's next chief of police.

Farmington Police Chief Kyle Westall has announced he will retire at the end of the year after 25 years with the department.

The city accepted applications for his replacement from Oct. 28 to Nov. 15. In that time, 53 people applied to be chief, according to city records.

Farmington Police Deputy Chiefs Keith McPheeters and Vincent Mitchell each applied for the position, according to city records.

Other applicants included the current chiefs of smaller police departments across the country and high-ranking officers from larger police departments such as Chicago and Denver. Also applying were federal agents, National Security Agency and military personnel, and employees of businesses that have contracted for national security work overseas.

Farmington Assistant City Manager Bob Campbell said the consulting firm Colin Baenziger and Associates was hired to recruit for the chief position.

Campbell said the firm already selected 13 candidates from that applicant pool and city officials are considering those resumes.

He said the city will select between five and eight candidates and ask the consulting firm to do a comprehensive background check on each one. From those candidates, the city will select about six applicants and have each of them come to Farmington in mid-January for interviews with panels of police officers, city officials and community members.

After that, Farmington City Manager Rob Mayes makes a final decision on who the next chief will be, he said.

Vincent Mitchell
Vincent Mitchell (Photo Courtesy of the Farmington Police Department)

The city paid the recruiting firm $19,000 plus an additional $750 for each background check, according to city records.

Campbell said Farmington Police Capt. Dan Calkins will be acting chief after Westall retires and until the city hires a chief. Calkins did not apply to be the chief, according to city records.

Mitchell has been a Farmington police office since 1990 and McPheeters has been with the department since 1991, according to their resumes.

Bloomfield Police Lt. Carroll Scott also applied for the position.

Georgette Allen, a spokeswoman for the police department, said McPheeters and Mitchell are the only deputy chiefs in the department. Both were promoted to that position from captain on Sept. 16.

Ryan Boetel covers crime for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and Follow him on Twitter @rboetel on Twitter.