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Recruitment firm aims to hire city's new police chief in January; application is open now

PMG FILE PHOTO - Scappoose officials attend a meeting in early 2020.Scappoose is beginning the search for its next police chief, led by the same recruiting firm that handled the search for a city manager earlier this year.

The application for the chief position is open until Dec. 6, and initial video interviews are planned for later that month. Finalist interviews and the selection of the next chief are expected to finish up the week ending Jan. 21.

"The Scappoose Police Department has experienced high turnover in recent years causing budget impacts and reducing the quantity of experienced officers on the force which the next Chief of Police will be expected to address," the position description reads.

With significant turnover in recent years, the department's current most senior sworn officers have only been with the city since September 2019.

The position overseeing 12 employees is currently held by Shaun Davis, whom the city hired through an Oregon Association Chiefs of Police program that connects cities in need of interim leadership with retired police chiefs or employed mid-level police commanders like Davis.

Davis has been Scappoose's interim police chief for a little over two and a half months.

Former Scappoose Police Chief Norm Miller resigned in September after 22 years working for the department, seven of which were as chief. His departure followed a vote of no confidence by Scappoose's police union in his leadership.

The salary for the next police chief is set at $80,568 to $124,956 per year, plus benefits. Wages for Scappoose police officer positions — which the city is also currently seeking to fill — start at $54,538.

Jensen Strategies, the recruiting firm, held a public input session over Zoom last month to hear from community members about what they want to see in the next police chief, but only two residents participated.

The firm also created a survey, but results have not yet been shared.


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