A growing trend among law enforcement agencies is replacing departing police chiefs not with officers from within the department, but with candidates from across the state. The villages of Heath and Hebron in Licking County are two such towns that use the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police to advertise statewide and nationally to fill their vacant leadership positions. Retired Hebron Police Chief Michael Carney was hired through the association three year ago. The association's solid reputation for finding qualified candidates helped Hebron officials once again choose to advertise on their website. Currently 15 candidates are being screened by Hebron Mayor Cliff Mason and Village Council Members. Mayor Mason hopes to have the position filled by mid-summer.