In January of this year the City of Lake Stevens hired the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs to assist in an executive search for Police Chief Candidates. The City received twenty applications from around the United States and selected six candidates to interview.
“We had a great response to our job opening and have a lot of talented and experienced police professionals interested in coming to Lake Stevens” Mayor Vern Little said.
On Tuesday, April 16 the candidates went through two separate interview panels, a City Council reception and a public open house and using input from the participants of these activities, the Mayor is in the process of narrowing down the field to final candidates.
The candidates come from different parts of the country and range in age but each of them has had significant experience in the field of public safety and policing.
The following is a list of the candidates and a little of their background.
Jeff Brand – Currently a Lieutenant with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office. Experience: With Sheriff’s office since 1989, served as Contract Police Chief at Sultan and East Precinct Commander.
Bryce Johnson – Assistant Bureau Commander Salt Lake City, Utah. Currently supervises 137 officers over 20 years with Salt Lake City Police Department.
Maurice Richards – Lieutenant and Watch Commander with the Chicago Police Department. Currently supervises 125 officers and 21 years of police experience.
William Spears – Former Chief for City of Willows, California and prior to that was with Santa Maria Police Department for over 21 years.
Annette Spicuzza – Former Chief of University of California, Davis Police Department and Assistant Chief at University of Washington. 22 years of law enforcement experience including 15 years in local government.
Dennis Taylor – Current Chief of Police for the City of Granite Falls, Wash. and previously with the Snohomish County Sherriff’s Office. Over 17 years of law enforcement experience.