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Five finalists for Poulsbo police chief

POULSBO — The field of candidates for Poulsbo police chief has been narrowed from 33 to five. And residents can meet the finalists at a public reception Jan. 30, 5:30-6:30 p.m., in the council chambers at City Hall.

The finalists are Robert Griffiths, police chief of Cordova, Alaska; Stephen MacKinnon, most recently police chief of Santa Paula, Calif.; Stephen Mauer, a lieutenant with the Lakewood Police Department; Julius “Phil” Schenck, acting police chief of Sunnyside; and C. Stephen Sutton, Washington State Patrol captain and division commander.

The finalists will be interviewed Jan. 31 by a panel consisting of Mayor Becky Erickson, department heads and police. Erickson will appoint the chief, to be confirmed by the City Council.

The new chief will succeed Dennis Swiney, who retired Jan. 15. He was paid $112,823 a year. Deputy Chief Robert Wright is acting chief. The department is budgeted for 10 officers, three sergeants, one detective, one deputy chief, one chief, and three clerks. The City Council is discussing hiring an additional patrol officer.

The city hired Prothman Company, at a cost of $16,500, to recruit candidates for chief.

The final five— Robert Griffiths has been the police chief of Cordova, Alaska, since 2011. Prior to that, he was executive director of the Alaska Association of Chiefs of Police for three years.

His career in law enforcement began in 1975 as a deputy sheriff for the Jackson County, Ore., Sheriff’s Office. He then joined the Anchorage Police Department, where he served from 1984-2001.

Griffiths was director of the National Law Enforcement & Corrections Technology Center  Northwest for eight years. He has a bachelor’s degree in criminology from Southern Oregon University and a master’s degree in organizational business management from the University of LaVerne, California.

— Stephen MacKinnon of Avondale, Ariz., was most recently police chief of Santa Paula, Calif., a position he held for nearly seven years.

He was police chief of Avondale from 2001-04, Salem, N.H. from 1994-2001, and Exeter, N.H. from 1990-94. He worked for the U.S. Department of State in the United Nations International Policing Task Force in 2004.

MacKinnon has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Northeastern University, a master’s degree in public administration from City University, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

— Stephen Mauer has been a lieutenant with the Lakewood Police Department since 2006 and has been with the department since 2004. He has 27 years of law enforcement experience and served in Puyallup for 10 years and Fife for nine.

Mauer has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Washington State University and a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Chapman University.

— Julius “Phil” Schenck is Sunnyside’s acting police chief. He has been with the department since 1989 and has been deputy chief since 2000.

Schenck has a bachelor’s degree in military science from Central Washington University, a master of business administration from City University, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

— C. Stephen Sutton has been with the Washington State Patrol since 1988 and a captain since 2005. He is division commander for the Investigative Assistance Division.

Sutton has a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of Mississippi, a master’s degree in leadership from City University, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

 

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