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Seven initial candidates throughout the country apply for the chief position, city could select someone in January

PMG FILE PHOTO - The city is looking for a police chief to replace Chief Jeff Groth who is retiring after 14 years leading the department. Sherwood has hired a Washington-state-based recruiter to find its next police chief with seven initial candidates vying for the job of top cop.

Sherwood City Manager Keith Campbell said the city has hired Prothman of Issaquah to conduct a nationwide search to replace Chief Jeff Groth. Groth announced his retirement in October, saying after 14 years of heading the department, he would leave effective Dec. 31.

While Prothman is still accepting applications, it is reviewing its first seven applicants, three of whom are from Oregon with the remainder from Pennsylvania, California, Connecticut and Texas, said Campbell.

As far as selecting top candidates, Campbell said he doesn't want to rush the process.

"I want to make sure we involve stakeholders so probably really looking mid-January is the time frame where we'd bring them in for some formal interviews and to try to make a selection at that point," he said.

Campbell said he feels it's important to involve several groups of stakeholders to determine what characteristics they would like to see in a new police chief and get feedback from them. He said the recruiter has reached out already to have conversations with those stakeholders as well.

Campbell said the only possible glitch would be if the Prothman recruiter, himself a former police chief, didn't think the hiring pool was large or diverse enough, which could change the timeframe. However, he said it sounded like the city has some pretty strong candidates.

"I was happy to hear he is doing a search to ensure we have the best person to lead the department – the officers and staff – and that could mean an internal SPD candidate, someone from around Oregon or from another state," Mayor Keith Mays said about Campbell's search for a new chief. "Public Safety is a high priority for our city, for the families and businesses that are here. Our community loves, respect and supports our officers and has very high expectations for them."

The salary range for the position for a new police chief is $129,604 to $164,340 plus benefits.


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