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SPOKANE, Wash. -

One of the three finalists to be the Spokane Police Department's next top cop sat down to answer questions with KHQ. Robert Lehner is currently the Chief of the Elk Grove Police Department. He also worked as the Chief in Eugene. The City of Spokane says he has nearly 40 years of law enforcement experience and has been Elk Grove's Chief since 2008. 

Lehner said he describes himself as "collaborative."

"I would steer back to some of the things we accomplished in Eugene," he said. "We implemented some very controversial policies. Every one of which were developed with broad public input."

Lehner said building a solid relationship with police and the people they serve is a top priority. He said doing that can help curb crime.

"What works you want to keep doing, what doesn't you want to discard," he said. "What's really important is a relationship between the officers that work a neighborhood and the residents that live there. That makes the difference. That can be done in Spokane. I'm confident, that can make people feel safer."

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