Police chief candidates make their pitch

From left, Charles County, Maryland, Sheriff’s Office Cmdr. Jeffrey Wood; Dallas Police Lt. Jim Lewis; Clovis, New Mexico, Police Chief Douglas Ford; and Ouray Police Officer Bernie Chism meet the community during interviews Sept. 27. Plaindealer photo by Olivia Exstrum
By Olivia Exstrum, Special to the Plaindealer As a lieutenant with the Dallas Police Department, Jim Lewis was a part of a department of nearly 4,000 officers. As a commander in the Charles County, Maryland, sheriff’s office, Jeffrey Wood patrolled a community of more than 160,000. Despite their big-city backgrounds, both are hoping to downsize and become Ouray’s next police chief. “This isn't a…

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