Residents Meet Police Chief Candidates


SPRINGFIELD, Ore. –The four men vying to take over the vacant Springfield Police Chief position met with those they could soon serve.

Springfield held a meet and greet for the four candidates and anyone who was interested could stop by.

Lane County District Attorney Alex Gardner is one of the final four.

Gardner talked about how his experience would translate into the police department.

The other three candidates are a Deputy Police Chief from Medford, a Captain in Turlock, California and a Commander of Criminal Investigations with the King County Sheriff”s Office in Washington.

The candidates spoke with residents and shared a little of their backgrounds.

Of the people KEZI 9 News spoke with at the event, there seemed to be a trend as to what they’d like to see the new chief do.

“Really hoping when we get a replacement that things will carry on kind of like they did with Chief Jerry Smith,” said Springfield resident Chris Stole.

“I’ve always liked the way it happens here. I’m hoping that sort of legacy continues,” said Springfield resident Jeff Thompson.

The candidates will finish their two day interview session on Friday. The city manager will name the new chief by the end of October.

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