"I was personally impressed by the panel, great coordination between the police department and citizens, questions were great, responses were very good."
Seven candidates were narrowed to four
On this day -- three of those four candidates stayed to be interviewed.
Sgt. Mark Johnson says he's disappointed there weren't more applicants
"as big a problem as this is, as much of a big deal this has been made of for our community, once gain the community has to step up and help the police department, we need people to apply."
The job has been open since last year... after a controversial situation where two dogs were shot.
An internal investigation was conducted and the officer at the time was cleared of wrong-doing.
In addition to the interviews just conducted, police say they still have some applications to go through, as some were turned in late -- and they are still accepting new applications
"even as the Mayor has eluded to, might not be able to do it this fiscal time but maybe in the future, add more people so this is not a one time deal, we continue to need good applicants."
If you're interested in applying for the animal welfare position with the Monroe police department, go by the Monroe Public Safety Center on U.S. Highway 165 South.