M.P.D. one step closer to hiring new chief

Medford, Ore. — The city of Medford has narrowed the list of potential police chiefs to the final two candidates.

City Manager Pro Tem Bill Hoke said the city started with about twenty applicants, but they’ve whittled it down to just two. He says Human Resources Director Mike Schneider and his senior analyst were in charge of narrowing down the applicants to the final pair.

Hoke said people applied from all over the country, but he couldn’t say much about the remaining two candidates, or if they currently hold positions in Oregon police departments.

“It’s always nice to have someone who’s familiar with the state and the laws and the regulations that they would be operating in, not imperative but it certainly is an advantage,” said Hoke.

The two candidates vying for the position will go before the police advisory committee including former Police Chief Tim George for a panel interview on Tuesday. They then have an interview with an executive panel, including another former police chief, Randy Schoen, before an interview with Hoke.

Hoke will then make his recommendation to city council. They will have the final say on who’s hired. He hopes to make that recommendation before their meeting on March 17th.

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