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New Charleston DPS chief sought

Wednesday, July 24, 2002

CHARLESTON - Charleston is seeking a new chief for its department of public safety.

"We're advertising for resumes," said City Manager David Brewer. He said the city will receive applications for the position until July 31.

Brewer declined to comment on the circumstances of former DPS Chief Richard Couch's departure but confirmed that Paul Johnson has served as interim director for the department since June 13.

Couch was hired as Charleston's director of public safety in May 1999 having previously served as a deputy for the Scott County Sheriff Department and as an officer for the Sikeston Department of Public Safety.

Couch replaced Mike Seibert who reportedly resigned to accept a job closer to his parents.

The Cape Girardeau Police Department said the officer employed there since April 8 is Richard K. Couch, Couch's son.