Police chief interview panels set

Four panels to interview candidates

Brian Coddington, Communications Director, 509.625.6740


Friday, July 15, 2016 at 3:20 p.m.


Four panels that will interview the three finalists to be the next chief of the Spokane Police Department will focus their discussions on community policing, leadership and professional accountability, community engagement, and business operations and finance.

James Dermody of Seattle, Robert Lehner of Elk Grove, Calif. and Dominic Rizzi, Jr. of Yakima, Wash. will be in Spokane for interviews on Wednesday, including a public interview at the West Central Community Center that evening. Panel interviews will begin at 8:30 am and run throughout the day. A public reception follows at 4:30 pm and the public interview begins at 5:30 pm.

Panelists are as follows:

Community Policing

  • David Browneagle, vice chairman, Spokane Tribe of Indians
  • Joan Butler, chair, Police Advisory Committee
  • Judi Carl, retired captain, Spokane Police Department
  • Shon Davis, bishop
  • Rick Dobrow, retired interim chief, Spokane Police Department
  • Lori Kinnear, member, Spokane City Council
  • Dave McCabe, president, Spokane Police Lieutenants and Captains Association
  • Tracie Meidl, captain, Spokane Police Department
  • Lonnie Mitchell, reverend
  • Mark Sterk, Director of Safety and Security, Spokane Public Schools

Leadership and Professional Accountability

  • Kathy Armstrong, program professional, Spokane Police Department
  • Rick Eichstaedt, executive director, Center for Justice
  • Isaiah Flick, member, Chase Youth Commission
  • Toni Lodge, executive director, The NATIVE Project
  • Laura McAloon, attorney
  • Brian Newberry, executive director, Leadership Spokane
  • Eric Olson, major, Spokane Police Department
  • Tim Ottmar, vice president, Spokane Police Guild
  • Brian Schaeffer, assistant chief, Spokane Fire Department
  • Dan Sigler, Spokane regional director, Pioneer Human Services
  • Amber Waldref, member, Spokane City Council

Community Engagement

  • Francis Adewale, assistant public defender, City Public Defender’s Office
  • Jim Andrews, president, American Ironworks & Erectors
  • Breean Beggs, member, Spokane City Council
  • Latisha Hill, senior vice president, Avista Development
  • Kevin King, major, Spokane Police Department
  • Bart Logue, interim police ombudsman
  • Craig Meidl, assistant police chief, Spokane Police Department
  • Gloria Ochoa-Bruck, multi-cultural affairs director, City of Spokane
  • Bonnie Quinn Clausen, principal, QUINN
  • Sandy Williams, member, Washington State Commission on African American Affairs

Business Operations and Finance

  • Lynnelle Caudill, managing director, Davenport Hotel Collection
  • Gerry Gemmill, CEO, Spokane County
  • John Lemus, chair, Spokane Human Rights Commission
  • Justin Lundgren, major, Spokane Police Department
  • Sarah Lynds, deputy director of Strategic Initiatives, Spokane Police Department
  • Ladd Smith, teacher, Spokane Public Schools
  • Ben Stuckart, president, Spokane City Council
  • Phillip Tyler, president, NAACP
  • Nancy Vorhees, COO, Inland Northwest Health Services
  • Mark Werner, chief, Spokane Valley Police Department

Panels will hold a collective discussion and debrief at the conclusion of the interviews and rank each of the candidates in order of preference. Human Resources will collect feedback and ranking information for Spokane Mayor David Condon to review.

Condon expects to announce his selection within a few days following the interviews. The selected chief will go before the City Council for confirmation, likely in early August.

Questions for the public interview can be submitted in advance to policechiefsearch@spokanecity.org or in writing at the public interview.

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