OLYMPIA - The City of Olympia released the names of the five finalists for police chief Monday, two days before they are coming to town to be interviewed.
• Daniel Coulombe, police chief in Hermiston, Ore., since 2001. He held various jobs with the Federal Way Department of Public Safety from 1996 to 2001, including operations commander, administrative commander, and professional standards lieutenant. He started his career at the Greeley, Colo., Police Department. Coulombe has master’s and bachelor’s degrees in criminal justice from Southwest University.
• Kent Crutcher, police chief in Normal, Ill., since 2004. Previously, he held several jobs in that department, serving as sergeant, lieutenant, and assistant chief. Crutcher has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Illinois State University and is enrolled in the master’s program in criminal justice at Illinois State.
• Michael Painter, deputy police chief in Kent since 2008. He previously was a captain and sergeant in the department. He served as police union president and executive board trustee from 1988 to 1994. Painter has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree in arts and sciences from the University of Washington Tacoma.
• Alex Perez, police chief in Longview since 2004. He was previously a lieutenant and a criminal investigations division commander with the Inglewood, Calif., Police Department. Perez has also served in various positions in King County and with the Tukwila Police Department. Perez has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Redlands.
• Ronnie Roberts, police chief in Redmond, Ore., since 2007. Prior to that he worked in the Eugene, Ore., Police Department as sergeant, lieutenant, and acting captain of the investigations unit. Roberts has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Kaplan University.
The five finalists were plucked from 76 people who applied for the job. City Manager Steve Hall, who has sole authority to hire a chief, has said he expects to make his pick later this month.
The successful candidate will replace Gary Michel, who retired in September after 13 years as chief. His salary was $140,455. Commander Steve Nelson is serving as interim chief.
The candidates will arrive Wednesday and get a tour of the community, Hall said. Interviews begin Thursday in front of three panels – city executive staff, police and community. The city will also hold an open house where people can meet the candidates Thursday.
On Friday, Hall will interview the candidates with assistance from Lacey Police Chief Dusty Pierpoint and Ed Rogan of Waldron & Associates, an executive search firm. It is managing the search for a chief for an amount not to exceed $41,432, according to Cathy Raymond, city human resources director.
Hall has said that he hopes to narrow the finalists to one or two. He then will visit the cities where the candidates are serving now, probably during the week of Nov. 15, he said. A final choice will be made soon afterward, he said.
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