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West Richland one step closer to finding Police Chief

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WEST RICHLAND, Wash. -- After a day of extensive interviews, West Richland is one step closer to selecting a new Police Chief.

Monday night the city hosted a meet and greet with the 6 candidates. Each candidate had the opportunity to meet with community members to see how they'll fit in with the community. But that's not all, the candidates also participated in 3 panel type interviews. They met with police department members, elected city leaders, and residents. Aiding in the selection process is Garry Anderson from the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. He says he's very impressed with the finalists.

"All 6 candidates are qualified police professionals who are looking for opportunities. And the next challenge in their careers is being police chiefs. Some are currently chiefs, some of them are in command staff positions, and some of them are in supervisor positions in very large departments," said Anderson.

Anderson says he'll meet with West Richland Mayor Donna Noski Tuesday to have one final interview with the candidates. From there, the mayor will get feedback from the panel interviews and make her decision.

A decision is expected soon.