Recruitment firm ESCI expects to begin accepting applications for the job in May

PMG SCREENSHOT - Emergency Services Consulting International will lead West Linn's search for a new police chief. After firing Police Chief Terry Kruger last December, the city of West Linn has selected a recruitment firm to lead the search for the West Linn Police Department's next leader.

The city announced in an April 29 news release that Emergency Services Consulting International, an international organization with a branch in Wilsonville, will helm the effort to replace Kruger.

Since the city placed Kruger on leave last April, Capt. Peter Mahuna has served as acting chief of police.

"Now more than ever, community engagement and transparency are the keys to building trust and ensuring a successful police department," ESCI's Vice President of Human Capital Cassi Fields stated in the release. "The next Chief of Police for the City of West Linn must embody these philosophies, acutely understand the needs of the community, and provide transformational leadership qualities. I'm looking forward to this opportunity to work with the community to find a Police Chief with the qualities they deeply value."

The news release noted that Fields will begin the recruitment process next week by reaching out to community stakeholders including the Police Accountability and Oversight Task Force, Building Bridges, West Linn Alliance for Inclusive Community, West Linn Chamber of Commerce, West Linn-Wilsonville School District, and the West Linn Community for Police Reform.

After developing a position profile based on community feedback, the city hopes to open the chief position to applicants in May. According to the news release, finalists should be selected in June and community members will join the final interview process before the city makes a final decision in July.

According to the city's contract with ESCI, which Pamplin Media Group obtained through a public records request, the city will pay $22,500 for the firm's services.

Mayor Jules Walters, City Manager Jerry Gabrielatos, Human Resources Director Elissa Preston, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement local chapter leader Derrick Peterson, and Lake Oswego Fire Chief Don Johnson served on the recruitment firm selection committee and unanimously chose ESCI.

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