Public invited to meet Police Chief candidates

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The public is invited to a meet and greet event to ask questions of six candidates being interviewed to be Ferndale’s next Chief of Police.

Earlier this year, Chief of Police Michael Knapp announced he would be retiring at the end of the year. A reception in his honor will be held tomorrow.

The City of Ferndale has undertaken a search for Knapp’s replacement over the past few months. The six candidates are considered finalists for the position.

The public function will be held Monday, December 12th, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at the Pioneer Pavilion Community Center.

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The candidates scheduled to attend are:

  • Marc Denney
    • Served as Chief of Police for the City of La Center (WA) Police Deparment since 2013
  • Keith McPheeters
    • Retired in June as the Deputy Chief of Police for the Farmington (NM) Police Department where he had served since 1991.
  • Darin Rasmussen
    • Currently the Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety at Western Washington University where he has served since 2012.
  • Julius “Phil” Schenck
    • Currently the Chief of Police for the Othello (WA) Police Department where he has served since 2014.
  • Kevin Turner
    • Currently is the Chief of Police at the Grantsville City (UT) Police Department where he has served since 2012.
  • Cornelius Yarbro
    • Currently the Assistant Chief of Police for the DeKalb County (GA) Police Department where he has served since 2012.

After the public event, the six candidates will be interviewed Tuesday, December 13th.

Ferndale Mayor Jon Mutchler told Discover Ferndale via email,

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We have composed five interview panels made up of leading citizens, elected officials, law enforcement professionals, and city staff to assist with these interview panels. Though the final decision is the mayor’s, I prefer collaborative approval to leadership and value this input, as well as any input from the public.

Mutchler also said via phone there is no set date for announcing a selection. “This is a selection we really need to get right and we are not afraid to start over if there isn’t an obvious choice.”

Ferndale Municipal Code states, “The Chief of Police shall be appointed by and under the general supervision and control of the Mayor and/or the City Administrator.”

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