While Councilman J.R. Richards said he did grill McAndrew during his interview, in the end he was the right choice.
"Tom has proven his loyalty to the citizens of Ottumwa and to the police department," Richards said. "He's done an exemplary job and he knows this community. I believe we're going to see good things for the future of the Ottumwa Police Department."
A formal offer of employment will be made to McAndrew at the next council meeting, scheduled for May 21.
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