Paso Robles looking for new police chief to start by February

tstrickland@thetribunenews.comNovember 30, 2012 

Update: An applicant was not chosen by the conclusion of interviewing on Friday, said App. Once an applicant is chosen, the candidate will undergo a final in-depth background investigation and testing, which is slated to take six weeks. Officials hope the new chief is on board by February.

Original: The two final candidates in the search for Paso Robles' new police chief are not local, according to City Manager Jim App. The pair is being interviewed today.

One comes from San Diego while the other comes from Fresno, App said.

In September, the applicant pool had several candidates from San Luis Obispo County, officials previously said.

The top two candidates, whose names or genders were not disclosed, were narrowed down earlier this month from a pool of six candidates vetted by three interview panels previously appointed by the City Council.

Council members, city department executives and police department managers are conducting today’s interviews.

If the top pick is chosen today, App will begin the process of confirming that person’s interest in the position and outlining the hiring terms, he said. The candidate will then undergo a final in-depth background investigation and testing, which is slated to take six weeks.

The Paso Robles Police Department began searching for a new chief following the departure of Lisa Solomon, who resigned in April after a former officer accused her of sexual harassment and another claimed officers were required to meet illegal ticket quotas.

Both issues are now wrapped up in lawsuits filed against the city.

At the end of August, the city had received 61 applications for the position, which officials hope to fill near the first of the year.

The search is headed by William Avery & Associates Inc., a recruiting firm based in Los Gatos.

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