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Council hopes to hire permanent city manager before filling chief of police role

OUTLOOK PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Now former Police Chief Robin Sells checked out some of the amazing toys one child had picked out during Shop with a Cop in 2018. There is no timeline for when a new Chief of Police will be hired in Gresham, filling the void left by an unexpected retirement last month.

Chief Robin Sells stepped away from her position with the city Friday morning, Feb. 19, after a third-party investigation highlighted a hostile workplace within the Gresham Police Department under her direction. In her absence, Capt. Claudio Grandjean is serving in the interim role.

But unlike in the search for a Gresham City Manager, there are no constraints set by the charter for a permanent replacement to be found. Gresham Interim City Manager David Clyne kickstarted the recruitment process in late February, with the plan to hire Novak Consulting Group to curate a list of national candidates. Novak is also helping Gresham find a new city manager.

In March the city plans to craft a "candidate profile" to highlight what they want from a new chief of police. Input will be sought from within the police department and community.

While the search for a new chief will be national, internal candidates can also apply for the role.

Gresham hopes to have a city manager in place before the hunt for a new leader in the police department ramps up. Clyne is the second pro tem manager to serve as a stopgap, as the initial recruitment for a permanent manager hit a speed bump last year. City Charter mandates an interim manager may only serve in the role for 6 months.

A new group of city manager candidates will be reviewed in late March. Council could move forward with interviews at that time.

"Council recognizes the urgency of filling the role and will work to do so as expediently as possible," said Elizabeth Coffey, communications director.


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