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Police Chief Finalists

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YAKIMA, Wash. - The original pool of six finalists for the Yakima police chief position has been cut in half. Interim City Manager Michael Morales expects to name one of the remaining three finalists his top choice for the police chief spot within the next couple of weeks. The three finalists still in the running are:

 - Dave Frazer, who most recently served as police chief in McFarland, California

 - Dale Miller, the current police chief in Ellensburg

- Dominic Rizzi, Jr., a watch commander in the 9th Police District in Chicago, Illinois

This past weekend, all 6 original finalists went through a 2-day "assessment center" process at Yakima City Hall.  On Saturday, the finalists made formal presentations about law enforcement issues to the an assessment center panel consisting of Mayor Micah Cawley, City Council members Dave Ettl and Bill Lover, YPD Interim Chief Greg Copeland, YPD Sergeant Gary Jones, Yakima County Sheriff Ken Irwin, Seattle Deputy Police Chief Nick Metz, and Madera, California Police Chief Michael Kime.

On Sunday, the finalists went through a critical incident exercise, which was evaluated and scored by a 3-member assessment center panel consisting of Dave Fonfara, a retired city manager (Sunnyside, Chelan, Blue Lake, California), Tadeo Saenz-Thompson, executive director of the Washington State Migrant Council, and Anne Caffery, president and CEO of the Memorial Foundation.

Morales is in the process of completing one-on-one interviews with Rizzi, Miller, and Frazer today.  Once a top choice is selected, additional background investigations will be completed and contract negotiations will be conducted before a formal job offer is made.