Columbia officials plan to hire chief by September

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Columbia's city manager says she anticipates hiring a new police chief by September, although the search hasn't begun yet.

City manager Teresa Wilson says she plans to post a job description and begin the selection process soon.

The Columbia Police Department has suffered for years from a revolving door in the chief's office. More than two months ago, former Chief Randy Scott resigned, saying he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder resulting from watching a fellow officer die in 2005.

And Scott's predecessor was fired in May 2010 after refusing to turn over to the S.C. Highway Patrol an investigation into a serious car wreck involving the then-mayor-elect.

Interim Chief Ruben Santiago has expressed interest in the job.

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