YIR: St. Helens police get new chief
YEAR IN REVIEW — The St. Helens Police Department hired Brian Greenway as the new police chief this year after former police Chief Terry Moss retired in July to take a job with the state.
Moss, who had worked with SHPD for 27 years and was tapped to take the police chief role in 2013, announced in May that he would be leaving St. Helens to take a leadership training coordination position with the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.
His departure from the city prompted a search for a new police chief. The city received 22 applications for the position and hosted a meet-and-greet in June with the top four candidates for the job which included Greenway, SHPD Lt. Joe Hogue, Scott Hewetson Sr., and Michael Lester.
The open house provided residents the chance to mingle with candidates and the four men were also able to introduce themselves and provide background information about themselves.
After the open house, the City Council met in a closed session to deliberate and staff began working on conducting a full background check on their top choice. The city announced in July that Greenway had been selected and would begin working with SHPD. Greenway joined the police department in early August after making the transition to Oregon.
Greenway previously worked with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for 25 years. Originally from Illinois, Greenway also served in the army for three years and worked with the Carpentersville Police Department for three years. In November, Greenway completed the Oregon Police Academy to be fully certified within the state. During his first few months on the job, Greenway has taken time to get to know the department and the community. He has been keen to continue some traditions established by the previous administration like the annual Donut Day fundraiser and Lemonade with the Law, but has also implemented some of his own programs like First Thursdays, where officers meet with community members to discuss specific topics and answer questions.