Lake Stevens continues police chief search

The city of Lake Stevens still is searching for a new police chief.

City officials didn’t make a hiring decision after the first round of applications and interviews earlier this year.

They’re advertising the position again until the end of this week, City Administrator Jan Berg said.

The city has been without a permanent chief since Randy Celori quietly left last fall. His departure came amid a series of troubles at the department that city leaders attributed to growing pains and discipline concerns.

Cmdr. Dan Lorentzen has been serving as interim chief.

Lake Stevens, now the fifth largest city in Snohomish County, again was thrust into the spotlight in recent weeks after the killings of two young women in June. The police department assigned its detectives to partner with the sheriff’s office on those investigations. Suspects are in custody in both cases, which were unrelated.

They were the first homicides in the usually-quiet city in recent memory.

About 20 people applied for the chief’s job earlier this year. A number of local police leaders had expressed interest in the post, which pays up to $121,500.

The previous public job posting said the city was seeking a candidate who could “set a policing tone that is firm, fair and friendly and is underpinned with visible and open communication.”

Also desired was experience with community outreach and modern crime-prevention techniques.

The police department in 2012 had 28 employees, including 24 commissioned officers. Its budget was $4.9 million.

In 2012, rumors flew around that Lake Stevens was being courted as a potential contract city for the sheriff’s office, a direction Snohomish took the year before. The City Council in Lake Stevens sought information about a contract but ultimately decided against one.

More in Local News

Live in Edmonds? Hate speeders?

Edmonds has $35,000 to address local residents’ concerns about speeding in their… Continue reading

Herald photos of the week

A weekly collection of The Herald’s top images by staff photographers and… Continue reading

Police looking for Lynnwood bank robber

The robber did not flash a weapon to the teller at a U.S. Bank.

Employee threats caused lockdown at Arlington elementary

Arlington Police said all students and staff were.

Sirens! Flashing lights! — Move over!

We are a confident bunch on what to do when we hear… Continue reading

Marysville quits fire-department merger talks

Mayor Jon Nehring notified Arlington of the decision in a letter dated Jan. 10.

Everett marchers: ‘There’s too much to protest’ for one sign

About 150 people joined the “March to Impeach” from the waterfront to a county courthouse rally.

Former councilman files second lawsuit

Ron Gipson is suing Snohomish County claiming he suffered racial discrimination.

Front Porch

EVENTS Support for Alzheimer’s caregivers A Sno-Isle Libraries “Issues That Matter” forum… Continue reading

Most Read