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City of Richland hires outside firm in police chief search

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RICHLAND, Wash.--  The City of Richland has hired an outside firm to help find a new police chief.  Current Chief Tony Corsi announced his resignation earlier this fall.  He's leaving to work on his consulting business and travel the country giving lectures.

The City of Richland says the Seattle-based company it hired is the same one it went through to find Chief Corsi.  They're looking nationwide, but also at candidates currently within the police department.  Gordon Beecher, Human Resources Director for Richland, says, "We certainly will consider them because we have a fine group of captains and we're going to certainly consider them, but we want to look nationwide.  We want to present to our selection team the best candidate list we can."  Beecher says the technical title for the position is actually Police Services Director and they want to hire someone who isn't just a great police officer with innovative ideas, but also has strong leadership skills and a sense of community responsibility.

The pay range for the position is $88,400 to $132,680, according to Beecher.  He says Richland will pay 20% to 30% of the salary total to the hiring company for its services.

Beecher says the search will take 60 to 90 days.  He says Corsi's last day is January 28th.  After that, an interim chief, most likely one of the captains, will take over until someone is hired permanently.