High-ranking Albany Police Department official applies for job in Miss.

ALBANY, Ga. — A high-ranking Albany Police Department official applied for the police chief’s position in Columbus, Miss., The Dispatch, the city’s daily newspaper, reported Wednesday.

According to The Dispatch, Deputy Chief Nathaniel Clark ranked in the top five of 82 who applied for the position.

A call left for Clark at his office in the Law Enforcement Center asking about the job application was not returned. Police Chief John Proctor was made aware of Clark’s application by email. He chose not to reply Wednesday.

The Dispatch gave the following details on Clark: “Clark was an applicant in 2007 and one of four finalists when the council voted to appoint Joseph St. John as police chief. Clark was since hired by the Albany Police Department in 2008 as the director of the Office of Professional Standards. Clark previously served as a criminal investigator with the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office from 2003-2008 and as police chief in Pine Bluff, Ark. from 2000-2002. He worked in the Pine Bluff Police Department for a total of 20 years with positions ranging from shift commander to Internal Affairs Division commander. Clark earned a degree in criminal justice from the University of Pine Bluff in Arkansas.”

The only other finalist of the five with a connection to the area, reported The Dispatch, is Selvain McQueen, former head of the Columbus Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division

The other applicants are Curtis Brame of North Chicago, Ill.; Sam Lathrop of Beloit, Wis., and Robert Spinks of Sequim, Wash.

According to the Columbus city government website, thecityofcolumbusms.org, the position pays in the $70-$75,000 range. The operating budget for the department was $5.3 million in 2010-2011. There are 69 sworn officers and 11 civilians in the department.