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Fort Worth assistant police chief finalist for Corpus Christi chief job

Fort Worth assistant police chief Abdul Pridgen (middle) is a finalist for the Corpus Christi chief job. (Star-Telegram/Joyce Marshall)
Fort Worth assistant police chief Abdul Pridgen (middle) is a finalist for the Corpus Christi chief job. (Star-Telegram/Joyce Marshall) Star-Telegram

Fort Worth Assistant Police Chief Abdul Pridgen is one of six finalists for the Corpus Christi police chief position, the city announced in a news release Tuesday.

Pridgen was one of six finalists for the top Fort Worth job in September. The city ultimately hired Joel Fitzgerald, who was police chief in Allentown, Pa.

Pridgen, a Bronx, N.Y., native, has been with the Fort Worth department since 1993, rising to assistant chief in 2011.

He’ll be in Corpus Christi on Friday for a meet-and-greet with the public before interviews with two panels Saturday, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported.

Dallas Deputy Chief Malik Aziz, Irving Assistant Chief Jeff Spivey, Elk Grove, Calif., Chief Robert Lehner, Corpus Christi interim Chief Mike Markle and Corpus Christi Assistant Chief Mark Schauer are the other finalists for the job.

Corpus Christi Assistant City Manager Susan Thorpe told the Caller-Times that more than 50 people applied. Floyd Simpson, the city’s former police chief, died in a motorcycle accident in May.

The Corpus Christi Police Department has about 432 officers, 220 civilian employees and a budget of more than $70 million.

Ryan Osborne: 817-390-7684, @RyanOsborneFWST

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