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City of Spokane announces three finalists for Chief of Police

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From Left to Right: Robert Lehner, Dominic Rizzi Jr., James Dermody From Left to Right: Robert Lehner, Dominic Rizzi Jr., James Dermody
SPOKANE, Wash. -

After narrowing the list of the 31 applicants who applied down to ten, the City of Spokane says they now have their three finalists for Chief of the Spokane Police Department, and the public will have their chance to submit their questions for a public interview. 

The three finalists are: 

James Dermody from the Seattle Police Department. Dermody is currently a Captain in Seattle and has been there for the past 26 years. Currently he overseas the Force Investigations Unit, according to the City. 

Robert Lehner is currently the Chief of the Elk Grove Police Department. The City of Spokane says he has nearly 40 years of law enforcement experience and has been Elk Grove's Chief since 2008. 

Dominic Rizzi, Jr. is currently the Chief of Police in Yakima. Rizzi spent 25 years with the Chicago Police Department before spending the last 10 in Yakima. 

The City says the interview panels will focus on community policing, leadership, community engagement and business operations and finance. The public interview will be facilitated by Police Advisory Committee Chair Joan Butler. Questions from the public can be submitted in advance to policechiefsearch@spokanecity.org or in writing at the public interview. Butler will read question to each of the candidates. 

A press release issued by The City of Spokane says that Mayor David Condon will announce his selection within a few days following the interviews. The selected candidate will then go to the City Council for confirmation, which will likely be in August. 

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