New Police Chief Sworn In

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — After months of searching, widdling down, and interviewing candidates, the Springfield Police Department welcomed its newest member.

With friends, family and officers filling the justice center courtroom, Tim Doney was sworn in and began his first day as chief.

“When I got into police work, I thought I’d retire as a detective, but it’s been a whirlwind career,” said Chief Tim Doney, Springfield Police Department.

“You go through a pretty extensive process, working with the department, with the community, set up panels. And whenever you go through that process, someone’s name floats to the top, and Tim’s name definitely floated to the top,” said Gino Grimaldi, Springfield City Manager.

Doney may be new to Springfield, but with more than 25 years in the Medford Police Department under his belt, his newest co-workers have no concerns.

“I’ll sit down with him and share my limited experience with him, not that I am an expert by any stretch of the imagination, but there are some little things that can help and he’s got a lot of experience. He doesn’t need a babysitter,” said Capt. Rick Lewis, Springfield Police Department.

As for Doney, he admits it will be baby steps early on.

“I think it’s important for me to know the employees that I’m going to be working with. It’s important for me to know the community I’m going to be working with and find out what a community expects from their police department, and from there we can forge a roadmap, so to speak, towards the future,” Doney said.

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