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Nearing the finish line for Poulsbo PD’s next chief

POULSBO — Jeff Doran’s shoes will soon be filled —permanently.

The city will host a police chief candidate open house from 2-4 p.m. July 11 at Poulsbo City Hall, after announcing five finalists for the position Tuesday. Interviews will follow on July 12, and Poulsbo Mayor Kathryn Quade said she intends to make a decision by July 13.

“This will be the first face people see of the community, good or bad,” she said. “I’m looking for someone who is both skilled and a qualified leader.”

The search for a new chief began mid-March with 44 potential candidates found by Bellevue employment firm Prothman Co.

Since former chief Doran’s March retirement, Jake Evans has served as interim chief.

The five finalists come from various law enforcement positions in Washington and California. They are:

• Kenneth Clark: Clark is a captain for the Anacortes Police Department. He has more than 30 years of law enforcement experience, and previously served as a sergeant for the city of Sedro-Woolley. Clark enjoys volunteering, and served on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross in 2000.

• Paul Crain: Crain has been involved with law enforcement since 1989, and has served a majority of his career with the police department in Concord, Calif. He has held the rank of captain there since 2001. Crain graduated from California State University, East Bay, with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

• Gary David: David is a Homeland Security planner for Walla Walla County. His law enforcement career has spanned nearly 40 years, including time spent as chief for the city of Milton-Freewater, Ore. David has also served as Interim Chief of Police for the cities of King City, Ore. and Boardman, Ore. He graduated from both the F.B.I. National Academy and Western Oregon University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in social sciences.

• Phillip Ribera: Ribera is a captain for the Hayward Police Department in California, where he began his career in law enforcement. He is also a part-time instructor for Chabot Community College. Ribera recieved his bachelor’s degree in vocational education from California State, Long Beach, and graduated from the F.B.I. National Academy.

• Dale Scobert: Scobert is currently acting as Interim Assistant Chief of Police in Oakridge, Calif. During his 30-year law enforcement career, Scobert served as the Chief of Police in Sandy, Ore. for eight years. He is a former president of the Kiwanis chapter in Sandy. Scobert received his bachelor’s degree in managerial leadership from Northwest Christian College.

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