Tenino Mayor Bret Brodersen has set up a timeline to find a new police chief. The position has been open since Brodersen fired Police Chief John Hutchings in March.
Brodersen said last week the position has been posted on the city website, in newspapers and on job search sites, and the city already has received applications. Brodersen said he plans to have the initial review of applications completed by Aug. 13.
The first round of interviews is scheduled for between Aug. 20 and Aug. 31. The second round of interviews is scheduled for Sept. 1 through Sept. 11, with an executive session Sept. 14 to discuss qualifications for employment. A final candidate presentation will take place Sept. 22.
“There will be potential confirmation the following week so we can get someone in October,” he told the City ouncil last week.
“This is a more visible process followed for any department head since I’ve been involved in city government.”
The first round of interviews will be conducted with the help of a panel that includes a board member, a random citizen drawn from a utility account, a business owner, a city councilmember and a representative of law enforcement. The second panel would consist of the mayor, the clerk treasurer and a school district representative.
Brodersen said the goal of the panels is to include a wide variety of people in the process.
Broderson said he terminated Hutchings in part for working excess hours. Recently, Hutchings filed a $850,000 claim for damages against the city.