And then there were six -- five from here.
Of the six men who made the cut for Perkins police chief, two are from the department, one is a former detective with the department now working for Fostoria, three have experience with nearby departments and one is with the police department in Napoleon, southwest of Toledo in Henry County.
Township trustees and their hired assessment officer, Bay Village Police chief David Wright, were looking for command experience and a college degree. Trustees learned Thursday what tests and scenarios will be used to judge the six finalists Jan. 31.
We hope at least some of the evaluation centers around working with other departments. Specifically, we hope the candidates are somehow rated on their ability to preside over a combined police department.
Working against that is the resistance and suspicion that greets any impetus toward working together, much less combining forces? Who's going to be on top? What's in it for the other guy? What do we stand to lose?
We say the last question has been largely answered: No one has to lose anything, and the area would gain a larger department with combined expertise whose only important change would be that it ignores an imaginary boundary the way crime it's meant to fight does.
The ability to cooperate, combine and preside over such a combined entity would be a useful attribute to seek in choosing a Perkins chief.
Incidentally, it would also be a useful attribute in seeking a Sandusky chief.