Lt. Eugene Jankowski, acting police chief in Batavia, told The Batavian this afternoon that he believes he is no longer a candidate for the vacant police chief's job.
"They've conducted the final four interviews without me," Jankowski said. "I'd say I'm pretty much out of the running."
Jankowski said when he was told he didn't make the final four, he filed a written appeal, but since he hasn't been interviewed, he believes that appeal was rejected.
"It’s not over yet. Anything is possible. I’ll be in my position for several more weeks yet. I’m going to stay on and continue to work as I have been."
It's possible, he said, that none of the four remaining candidates will receive nor accept an offer, in which case he might still have a shot.
But it doesn't sound like he's holding his breath.
He said he's sad that he didn't get the job, but he's proud of his 30 years of service to the city and vows to support whomever gets the job.
"I'm still very passionate about my profession, enjoy my job, enjoy helping people and plan to stay on for five or six more years, as long as I’m able, as long as I’m in good health I’d like to stay," Jankowski said.