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Two finalists named for police chief.

Byline: Chelsea Gorrow The Register-Guard

SPRINGFIELD - The Springfield Police Department soon will have a new leader after city officials narrowed down a list of six applicants to two finalists.

Rick Lewis, the acting interim police chief, and Mark Daniel, the captain of the Sherwood Police Department, are the city's top candidates.

Lewis and Daniel will be available at a meet-and-greet event from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Springfield Justice Center Emergency Operations Center, 230 Fourth St., the city of Springfield announced in a press release Friday.

Daniel has been a captain in the Sherwood department since 2009. He was previously an operations lieutenant for the Port of Portland Police for six years. Before that, he worked as a sergeant for the Salem Police Department from 1987 to 2003.

He has nearly 30 years in law enforcement and a master's degree in organizational leadership. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the city said.

Lewis has been a Springfield resident for more than 30 years, working for the Springfield Police Department since 1982. He started as a reserve officer before being hired full time the following year. He graduated from Sherwood High and attended Lane Community College and George Fox University, getting degrees in both criminal justice and human resource management. He graduated from the FBI National Academy in 2008.

Lewis has been the acting chief since July.

The former police chief, Tim Doney, announced his retirement in June, leaving the position in July after three years with the department.

Six people applied to be the chief when the city opened up its search in January - delayed because the city was on the hunt for a new human resources director at the time of Doney's announcement.

The applicants were narrowed down to three for preliminary interviews in March. From that list, Lewis and Daniel emerged as the front-runners.

City officials said they expect to name a new chief by the end of the month.

The police chief oversees 123 employees and manages a budget of $20.6 million. The police department also operates the largest municipal jail in the state.

It was not immediately known how much the new chief would make at the department. Doney's salary was $141,000 when he left last year.

A steering committee was put together before the search for a chief began, and was made up of representatives from human resources, the police and fire departments as well as chair of the city's internal committee on diversity and inclusion.

The steering committee, as well as the city manager and human resources director, helped "identify the core competencies, traits and qualifications needed for" the chief position.

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Date:Apr 15, 2017
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