City of Eugene continues search for chief of police

The City of Eugene will interview Chief of Police candidates in March.

Posted: Feb 12, 2018 5:38 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – The search continues for a new Police Chief to lead the Eugene Police Department.

David James is serving as the Interim Executive Police Director. He began on Dec. 11, 2017, following Chief Pete Kerns' retirement.

Laura Hammond, community relations director with Eugene Police, said they have 33 candidates in the running.

"We know our community is growing and that our staff levels of police force have stayed relatively static. So that's one area where I think the new chief to take a look at," said Hammond.

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She said they all come from 18 different states across the country.

She said 26 out of the 33 have experience serving a city about the same size as Eugene.

“Our police chief is an important role just because public safety is such an important issue in our community,” she said. “We know people care very deeply about it and it’s an important service and function of the city to make sure our community members feel safe.”

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Hammond said 17 have experience as police chief, eight have deputy or assistant chief experience, and the rest have significant experience in other law enforcement roles.

She said the candidates will be interviewed in March. She said James will not interview any of the candidates but will be available to answer questions the candidates may have.

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