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Terry Moss, now a coordinator for DPSST, will take part in final evaluations.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Terry Moss served as St. Helens police chief from 2013 to 2018. Before that, he was a lieutenant in the St. Helens Police Department.A St. Helens Police Department veteran and former chief could be in line to become chief of the West Linn Police Department.

Terry Moss, who spent 27 years with the St. Helens Police Department — the latter five as chief, from 2013 to 2018 — is one of three candidates under consideration for the post, West Linn city officials said Friday, Oct. 15.

Moss has spent the past three years working for the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. At present, he serves as the department's leadership program coordinator.

"This city has been terrific to me," Moss said during a May 2018 meeting of the St. Helens City Council, discussing his retirement. "And it's not just the city and the police department, but the whole community."

Moss was a finalist for a police chief position in Ellensburg, Washington, before retiring from the St. Helens Police Department to take a job with DPSST.

"I enjoy being in the classroom," Moss told the Spotlight in 2018, explaining his interest in moving into a training position. "Some of my fondest memories come from my time spent as the DARE officer and working with our fifth-grade students. That interest continued as we developed our Citizens Police Academy."

Moss and the other candidates face a real challenge in West Linn as they seek the top policing job there.

The West Linn Police Department has been embattled for several years. New details of West Linn police's false arrest of Michael Fesser in 2017 shook the community last year.

Reform advocates have called for increased transparency and community involvement within the police department. Those calls extended to the hiring of West Linn's next police chief, and city officials promised to make good on the community's wish.

Before seeking applicants, city officials and Emergency Services Consulting International recruiters met with several community groups to hear feedback that would help shape the candidate profile.

Now the city government is promising community groups like Building Bridges West Linn, the West Linn Community for Police Reform, the Police Oversight and Accountability Taskforce and West Linn Alliance for Inclusive Community, as well as the city's neighborhood associations, will participate in an in-person assessment of the three candidates on Oct. 28.

"This exercise will be publicly broadcast for the community and is designed to measure critical job competencies identified by the community," officials said Friday.

The other candidates are acting West Linn Police Chief Peter Mahuna and Port of Portland Police Capt. Cory Chase.

West Linn City Manager Jerry Gabrielatos will consider input from community members and local law enforcement leaders before making a final decision in November.PMG FILE PHOTO - The city of West Linn expects to announce the hiring of its new police chief next month.


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