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SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. -

The City of Spokane Valley announced they have selected a new Police Chief to lead their department. 

Patrol Commander Captain Mark Werner will replace current Chief Rick VanLeuven, who is retiring at the end of the month after serving for nine years as the Spokane Valley Police Department's Chief. 

Werner has 30 years of experience in law enforcement, including 21 with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office. Werner is a veteran of the United States Air Force and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in General Studies with an emphasis in Criminal Justice from EWU. 

Werner was one of three candidates up for consideration by Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and went through two interviews with two different teams. 

According to the City of Spokane Valley, Werner's objectives include, "Expand leadership responsibility, improve collaboration between law enforcement, community partners and citizens, exceed expectations set by the City of Spokane Valley and the Sheriff's Office, and honor all commitments made to stakeholders, employees and the City of Spokane Valley community."

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