SEVERE WX : High Wind Warning View Alerts
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Eugene invites you to meet the police chief finalists

The City of Eugene has narrowed down the search for police chief to three candidates.

Posted: Mar 13, 2018 4:29 AM
Updated: Mar 13, 2018 6:56 PM

EUGENE, Ore. - The City of Eugene has announced three finalists in the race for police chief.

The City said it's chosen these three out of 33 applicants nationwide, with the help of Strategic Government Resources.

KEZI spoke to each of the candidates earlier today at the Eugene Springfield Fire Regional Training Center Tuesday morning.

The three finalists are as follows:

-Mike Lester: Assistant police chief in Vancouver, WA. He has 28 years of experience and has served as assistant chief for six years now. He's also served as a precinct commander, special operations division commander, detective sergeant, and more.

Lester said if he’s lucky enough to be chosen he wants to be very open with the people he works with.

"I like to be very transparent with my leadership, I like inclusion,” Lester said. “I like to get feedback from the folks that I lead. There's nothing wrong with having a conversation or discussing next steps. At the end of the day I know that the final decision is the chief’s and the chief will own those decisions and lead by those decisions."

- Bruce Marquis: Former police chief of Norfolk, VA, Hartford, CT, and the Houston, TX Independent School District. With 40 years of experience, his credentials include a special agent for the FBI, a security manager for the 1984 LA Olympics organizing committee, and others. 

Marquis said if he's chief he wants to make sure everyone is treated equally.

"It doesn't matter who you are,” said Marquis. “Doesn't matter whether you're black, white, brown, whether you're male or female, homeless or not. Our job is to provide equitable service to everyone and make sure that everyone in the city is respected, treated with dignity, listened to, and that we're providing the best service we can to keep them safe."

-Chris Skinner: Chief of police for Richland, WA. He has 27 years of experience and has held his current position for seven years. He's also had experience in Oregon as the deputy chief in Hillsboro, OR, and an officer for the Benton County Sheriff's Office in Corvallis, OR.

Skinner said if he's selected he plans on fostering relationships throughout the department and community.

"I have the ability to kind of bring people together in a relational style, I love building coalitions, being collaborative with partners, both community partners and other law enforcement partners. I have a strong history with that. I have a strong history of developing employees and coaching and mentoring employees so they can achieve their career and personal goals and that's something that really fulfills me is being able to do that."

“We are very pleased with the caliber of the candidates that applied for this important position,” said City Manager Jon Ruiz. “I look forward to meeting the finalists and to getting feedback from the community and police department throughout the interview process.”

A spokesperson with the Eugene Police Department said Ruiz is expected to make a decision on March 23rd. 

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 156673

Reported Deaths: 2284
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah31987550
Washington21345216
Marion18579287
Clackamas13449190
Lane10343129
Jackson8525116
Umatilla769682
Deschutes600163
Yamhill379669
Linn360957
Malheur335458
Polk307744
Klamath280555
Douglas255055
Josephine238755
Benton235617
Jefferson197630
Coos154521
Union130319
Columbia127721
Wasco122126
Lincoln113720
Hood River107029
Morrow105014
Crook78018
Clatsop7786
Baker6669
Curry4316
Tillamook4222
Lake3826
Harney2776
Grant2271
Wallowa1435
Gilliam541
Sherman530
Wheeler221
Unassigned00
Eugene
Cloudy
42° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 38°
Corvallis
Cloudy
40° wxIcon
Hi: 46° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 40°
Roseburg
Cloudy
41° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 37°
Feels Like: 41°
North Bend
Cloudy
53° wxIcon
Hi: 50° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 53°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events