West Linn police chief search down to two candidates
Two weeks after the community interviewed three candidates for West Linn Police Chief, City Manager Jerry Gabrielatos said he had narrowed his choices down to acting WLPD Chief Peter Mahuna and Cory Chase of the Port of Portland Police.
Gabrielatos said he hoped to make a final decision in the last weeks of November.
The city's hired recruitment firm, Emergency Services Consulting International, recently informed the third finalist, Terry Moss, that he was no longer in the running for the position, according to Gabrielatos.
Gabrielatos, along with ESCI and the city's human resources department, will consider feedback from the community and complete other due diligence prior to the final selection, the city stated.
Mahuna has led WLPD for the past year and a half after the city placed former Chief Terry Kruger on leave. Kruger was subsequently fired last December over his handling of the Michael Fesser case, in which West Linn officers arrested Fesser, a Black man, in 2017 on a bogus theft charge.
Chase began working for Port of Portland Police in 2012 and became a captain in 2017. Prior to that, he worked for police departments in Prineville and Redmond.
During the community interviews, Chase emphasized transparency, public engagement and fostering a better understanding between the police department and community at large.
Mahuna touted the ways in which the department has tried to immerse itself in the community over the years and his steps to educate the force in the wake of last year's Fesser settlement.
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