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City looking to hire recruitment firm to lead effort, hoping for new chief by May

The West Linn government took its first step toward hiring a new police chief Jan. 5, when the city began seeking applications from recruitment firms interested in leading the candidate search.

PMG FILE PHOTO - The city of West Linn is looking for its next police chief. The community is sure to have its eye on the process after citizen engagement in police matters shot up in the past year, which saw the West Linn Police Department grappling with the fallout from a racist policing incident.

Former Police Chief Terry Kruger was dismissed in December over his handling of that incident. The OIR Group, an investigative firm hired by West Linn to look into the city's management of the case, recommended more community involvement with the police department, including in hiring decisions.

City Manager Jerry Gabrielatos said he aimed to implement the OIR recommendations and would work with the selected recruitment firm on how best to engage the community in this process.

The deadline for recruitment firms to submit their proposals to the city is Jan. 25, with the chief recruitment process officially beginning in March, according to the request for proposals (posted by the city. Interviews and a final selection will take place in May.

"The City's goal is to provide an open and fair recruitment that will attract top talent while keeping the cost of the recruitment process reasonable," the RFP states.

According to the RFP, the search firm would conduct "the entire search" while the city completed "some of the tasks."

The RFP and example contract for the recruitment did not include the costs the city would pay for a firm's services.


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