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Decision delayed on who will be next Bainbridge police chief

Bainbridge Island City Manager Doug Schulze said he hasn't made up his mind on the person he'll hire as the city's next police chief.

Schulze had said earlier last week that the decision could come as soon as Friday night.

But following a day of intensive interviews with the five finalists Friday, Schulze said Saturday that he needed more time to sort through the information and feedback that had been gathered on the candidates.

"It's probably going to take a week," Schulze said. "We have some really good candidates."

Five finalists — all from police departments outside of Washington state — are in the running for the position. The candidates are Lt. Richard Daniels, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department; Harry Glidden, Aurora Police Department, Aurora, Colo.; Lt. Richard Goerling, Hillsboro Police Department, Hillsboro, Ore.; Major Matthew Hamner, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, Indianapolis, Ind.; and Bryce Johnson, Salt Lake City Police Department, Salt Lake City, Utah.

The five candidates came to Bainbridge for a meet-and-greet with the community on Thursday, and each were reviewed by four special interview panels on Friday that took up much of the day.

Schulze said earlier he hoped the new chief would start work in May.

The city's next top cop will replace Jon Fehlman, who resigned from the police chief position in September.

The Bainbridge Island Police Department has been led since July by Larry Dickerson, a former police chief from Lacey, who took over as interim public safety director after Fehlman went on medical leave.

 

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