People influencing Vancouver’s search for a new police chief
All the buzz about Chip Kelly this morning reminded me of a post I’ve been meaning to write about Vancouver’s search for a new coa … um, police chief.
Hey, I’m not the first person to draw a connection between football and law enforcement.
According to The Police Chief magazine, the average tenure of a police chief is three years.
So maybe Cliff Cook’s five-year tenure should be considered a victory, even though he was the subject of a “no-confidence vote” by his rank-and-file. Or maybe City Manager Eric Holmes should have fired him. Cook resigned last year after meeting with Holmes, and has since been hired as chief in Bellingham.
Since 1937, the city has had 13 police chiefs.
As reported, Holmes decided to seek outside help to find a new chief.
In an email to Mayor Tim Leavitt and council members earlier this month, Holmes said a team from the Washington, D.C.-based International City/County Management Association had started doing interviews with 30 stakeholders, including 15 people from within the department.
So who are these stakeholders?
Sgt. Andy Hamlin
Commander Dave King
Sgt. John Chapman
Sgt. Pat Moore
Officer Jeff Kipp
Officer Ilia Botvinnik
Officer Jeff Olson
Corporal Steve Pfuhl
Officer Mary Jane Long
Stephanie Acopan, VPD support staff
Kathy Parrish, VPD service technician
Commander Marty Holloway
School Resource Officer Laura Andersen
Officer Rodrigo Osario
Interim Chief Chris Sutter
Tony Golik, Clark County Prosecuting Attorney
John Deeder, Evergreen Public Schools superintendent
Mick Hoffman, Vancouver Public Schools director of safety and security
Eric Olmstead, Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce
Paige Moreau, manager of Westfield Vancouver mall
Bob Williamson, Clark College vice-president of administration
James Senescu, attorney
Ross Montgomery, neighborhood representative and VPD volunteer
Sharif Burdzik, Riverview Community Bank
Jean Kent, neighborhood representative
Diana Perez, League of United Latin American Citizens president
Victoria Hamilton, (no information available)
Dan Maks, Lucky Loan owner
Betsy Henning, CEO of AHA! marketing and communications company
Leilani Russell, a member of the chief’s Diversity Advisory Committee, was scheduled to be interviewed but did not show up, said Jan Bader, the city’s policy and program manager.