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No deadline for consultant to review Cleveland Police department policies

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CLEVELAND, TN (WRCB) - After going through three police chiefs in less than a year, the City of Cleveland is looking to for a former TBI Director to get the department back on track.

A contract naming Larry Wallace as the department consultant officially started on March 9. On Monday, Channel 3 learned more about the terms of that contract and what's next for the department.

"I'm looking forward to working with these folks and helping them in every way that I can," said Wallace, who has over 40 years of law enforcement experience.

The city officially contracted him for an "indefinite term" earlier this month. According to his contract, the city will pay him $6,383 per month, but either the city or Wallace can voluntarily terminate the agreement -- with 30 days notice -- at any time.

Wallace is a former McMinn County Sheriff and eventually worked his way up to Director of the TBI. After retiring in 2003, the 70-year-old helped establish the Criminal Justice program at Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens.

"Leadership begins at the top, and leadership is important. We feel that we can help this department," Wallace said.

The department's last chief, Dennis Maddux, officially served one day after an incident involving another officer's wife. Captain Mark Gibson is acting as current chief.

"We feel like the department is in the process of stabilizing," said Wallace, who is working with other officers and reviewing all current department practices and policies.

He wouldn't go into specifics about which ones need more attention.

"I think we can add some things to an already good department," he said.

Wallace was a consultant for the Chattanooga Police Department during a search for a new chief in 2004, and was briefly named a top candidate by then-Mayor Bob Corker.

While Wallace's contract with Cleveland does not rule out becoming eligible for Cleveland's chief, he tells Channel 3 he's not interested in the position -- only getting the department back on track.

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