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Acting chief is finalist for beach city job

Acting Police Chief Charley Flesher is among the finalists to get that job permanently.

Flesher, 40, is among three officers the city will choose from. The others are Ray Kaminskas, 42, a captain with the Clearwater Police Department, and Richard J. Conroy Jr., 36, a former assistant police chief in St. Cloud.

The finalists were selected from 21 applicants by a screening committee made up of City Manager Jo Anne Townsend, City Attorney Andrew Salzman and John P. Lewis, chief of the Sarasota Police Department.

The job opened up when former chief Sam Heath retired last fall.

Flesher has been with the Indian Rocks Beach police department since 1985. He has an associate degree in police science and is taking classes toward a bachelor's degree. Flesher was an assistant police chief in Wauchula. He lives in Largo.

Kaminskas has been with the Clearwater police department since 1972. He has a master's degree in criminal justice from the University of South Florida. He lives in Valrico.

Conroy works as a police consultant. He has a master's degree in criminal justice from Rollins College in Winter Park. He lives in Kissimmee.

Townsend said the three finalists will be interviewed Thursday and ranked by the screening committee. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will conduct background checks on the two top candidates. Townsend hopes to present a recommendation to the City Commission on March 4.