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Police Chief search down to top three

DARIN OLDE, Sierra Sun

The Town of Truckee received 44 completed applications for the new Truckee Police Chief, and has narrowed the search down to three top candidates.

On Dec. 13 the town began the first round of interviews.

To distinguish the best candidates the police department subcommittee of councilmen Josh Susman and Ron Florian appointed two boards consisting of town representatives and community members to conduct preliminary interviews of each of eight finalists.

“(The boards) have interviewed seven of eight candidates,” said Wright from Town Hall Tuesday. “The eighth interview will take place tomorrow.” The eighth candidate is one of the last three still being considered for the position.

There are six Truckee representatives on each panel.

“One panel had a police chief orientation and one panel had a city manager orientation,” said Wright, who did not sit on either panel. The panels convened after the interviews to determine a consensus process. When the panel about to finish the selection process, Wright will then interview the top candidates chosen by the panels.

“We will be doing more detailed investigations into the candidates’ past history,” Wright said of the process to narrow the field down to the top two candidates. Only two candidates will receive the thorough background check and psychological analysis.

Wright was not able to disclose information about the remaining three candidates, but said he has been very impressed with depth and the experience of the top eight.

“I am thrilled with the turnout of candidates and with the quality of individuals … Whoever the person ends up being, I think people will be very pleased to be working for that person.”

In reading the resumes and materials Wright speculates being able to start a new police department from scratch has been a trigger that has sparked interest in the law enforcement field.

“These candidates are very well-qualified,” he said. “It is going to be very difficult to narrow it down.”


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