A meet-and-greet with the six finalists has been scheduled for Thursday at Tigard City Hall.

Tigard's search for a new police chief is entering the home stretch, as the city has announced that six finalists for the position will be on hand to meet members of the public at an event Thursday evening.

The six finalists are all from Oregon and Washington. Sherwood Police Chief Jeff Groth is among the candidates. The others are assistant chiefs of police from Tacoma and Vancouver, Wash., respectively Kathryn McAlpine and Chris Sutter; Police Chief George Delgado of Des Moines, Wash.; Chief Deputy Steven Shea of the Clark County Sheriff's Office in Vancouver; and Major Thomas Matthew Worthy of the Oregon State Police.

From 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, the six finalists will be at Tigard City Hall for a community meeting, giving residents the opportunity to meet them and ask questions.

"The city wants to hear directly from the community as we finish our nationwide search for this key leadership position overseeing the city's police force," said Dana Bennett, the city's human resources director, in a press release. "This is a chance for residents to ask questions of Tigard's next top cop. Having community members meet the top candidates, in person, also ensures that the concerns of our community are aligned with the future leadership of the department."

Tigard began a nationwide search after the retirement of Chief Alan Orr in September. Robert L. Rogers II, a 20-year veteran of the Tigard Police Department, has been acting as chief until a permanent successor is hired.

Tigard is the last of four neighboring cities whose chiefs retired last year to name a permanent replacement.

In June, Portland promoted Mike Marshman from within its police department to take over as chief shortly after Larry O'Dea left amid allegations of misconduct and Tualatin hired Bill Steele from the Washington County Sheriff's Office to succeed longtime Chief Kent Barker. Earlier this month, Beaverton named longtime department member Jim Monger as police chief after he took on the role in an interim capacity last July, following the departure of Geoff Spalding.

Tigard City Hall is located at 13125 S.W. Hall Blvd.

By Mark Miller
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