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Copeland named long-term interim police chief

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YAKIMA, Wash- Yakima city manager Dick Zais attended his first city council meeting of the year Tuesday night after being on medical leave.  As his first order of business, he appointed Captain Greg Copeland of the Yakima Police Department long term-interim police chief.

Zais first pointed Copeland in January with understanding that he would be replaced with-in a few weeks with a longer-term interim chief.  However at Tuesday's council meeting, Zais announced that Copeland has agreed to stay on until a permanent chief is hired.  Captain Copeland says one of his main focuses over the next few months will be implementing a new records system in the department.

"It's going to affect the way we dispatch calls, it's going to be our records management system, it's going to be the means by which we transfer our cases to the prosecutor's office, the form we use to put people into jail.  That's coming in April", said Copeland.

Zais said again tonight that he plans to leave the hiring of a permanent police and fire chief to the new city manager.

The city council agreed during the meeting to review the applications from seven different head hunting firms who have applied to handle the search for the new city manager.