Fort Dodge Police Chief Tim Carmody is one of three finalists for the Bellevue, Neb., police chief's position.
Carmody, who previously served 22 years with the Omaha Police Department, where he rose to the rank of captain, announced the news to staff members in an email Saturday. He said his decision to apply for the Bellevue position was based solely on an opportunity to be closer to immediate family members who live in the Omaha area.
Bellevue, with a population of about 50,000, is eight miles south of Omaha.
"I am truly happy here," Carmody said in an interview Tuesday, "(The Bellevue position) is an opportunity to go home."
In his email, Carmody said, "As I've mentioned time and again, family is second only to my faith and is followed closely by my personal commitment to our city, department and each of you. This has been and will continue to be a very difficult process - and it is not complete."
He said Tuesday he wasn't actively looking for another job when the Bellevue position became available and doesn't plan to pursue other positions if he isn't chosen as Bellevue's next chief by its city administrator, Dan Berlowitz.
"No matter the outcome of this selection process," Carmody wrote in his email, "my commitment to you is that I will not turn left or right from the path that we're on as long as I am privileged to serve as your chief. I will continue to challenge myself and each of you to be the best individual officer and department in the state of Iowa."
Carmody, who has been the Fort Dodge police chief since September 2010, has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
The other two finalists are also FBI National Academy graduates.
Mark Elbert has served as the interim chief of police for Bellevue since its former chief, John Stacey, resigned June 1, 2012. He has been with the Bellevue department since 1996, worked his way up to captain and has a master's degree in leadership studies and a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.
Mark Sundermeier is the director of operations for Clark International, an executive protection, security and training company. Sundermeier served 25 years with the Omaha Police Department, retiring as deputy chief in 2009. He has a bachelor's degree in English with a sociology minor.