UPDATE: On Tuesday we learned that a candidate for Spokane Police Chief, Blair Ulring, withdrew his name from consideration in the wake of a report by Spokesman-Review writer Justin Runquist that Ulring may have purchased his college degrees from a diploma mill. Click here to read the entire Spokesman article
City of Spokane Public Affairs Director Marlene Feist told KHQ's Chelsea Kopta that Ulring notified the city's human resources officer Tuesday morning about his decision. When asked if the Spokesman cover story had anything to do with Ulring withdrawing Feist said, "I can only tell you what he told us, that he is withdrawing his name for personal reasons."
"The Mayor accepts that these things happen," said Feist. "He is looking forward to interviews with the three candidates who will be in Spokane tomorrow (Wednesday)."
Look for more details on this developing story on KHQ.com throughout the day including live NewsBreaks streaming at 10, Noon and 2; as well as our KHQ Local News Facebook and Twitter feeds.
SPOKANE, Wash. - The City of Spokane will interview three finalists for the position of Police Chief Wednesday, July 25. Blair Ulring, retired Police Chief of the City of Stockton, Calif., has removed his name from consideration for the position.
The three finalists who will be interviewed include:
1. Daniel J. Mahoney, Commanding Officer of the Ingleside Police Station within the San Francisco Police Department. He oversees the daily police functions for the District of Ingleside, home to 123,000 residents.
2. George E. Markert, Director of the Office of Public Integrity for the City of Rochester, N.Y., and previously the Executive Deputy Chief for the City of Rochester Police Department.
3. Frank G. Straub, Director of Public Safety for the City of Indianapolis and former Commissioner of the City of White Plains, N.Y, Department of Public Safety.
The finalists were determined through two initial screening rounds. The Mayor's Advisory Board on Policing completed a review and ranking of all applications, and several City senior managers then completed phone interviews with seven top candidates.
The finalists will be in Spokane tomorrow to participate in five interview panels, including one that is open to the public. The panels will include
1. Government executives and elected leaders.
2. Current and retired law enforcement professionals.
3. Community and business leaders.
4. Members of the Public Safety Committee from the Mayor's Transition Team.
5. Police Advisory Committee (PAC) members & citizens.
Citizens will be able to attend the interviews conducted by the PAC in the City Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. These interviews also will be shown live on CityCable 5 and streamed on the City's web site at www.spokanecity.org. CityCable 5 is the City's government-access cable station and is found on channel 5 on the Comcast cable system in Spokane.
These interviews will be 50 minutes long and are scheduled on July 25 as follows:
11:10 a.m. with Daniel Mahoney.
1:15 p.m. with George Markert.
2:20 p.m. with Frank Straub.
Additionally, citizens can attend a meet and greet reception with the Chief candidates in the Chase Gallery in the lower level of City Hall from 4:30 to 6 p.m. also on July 25.
Citizens can provide their feedback on the candidates at the interviews in City Hall or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mayor has said that he is looking for a new Chief with:
1. A solid understanding of metro policing models.
2. Experience in implementing cutting-edge policing techniques and approaches.
3. The ability to be comfortable in the public eye.
4. A desire to integrate him or herself into the Spokane community.