Elk Grove Police Chief Robert Lehner Finalist For Spokane's Top Cop Job

July 19, 2016 | Elk Grove Police Chief Robert Lehne r is one of three finalist being interviewed for the Chief of Police in Spoka...

July 19, 2016 |

Elk Grove Police Chief Robert Lehner is one of three finalist being interviewed for the Chief of Police in Spokane, Wash.

According to the KREM in Spokane, Lehner is competing with James Dermody of Seattle, and Dominic Rizzi, Jr. of Yakima, Wash. KREM reports that Lehner and the other two finalist will be in Spokane for interviews tomorrow. 

Lehner and the two other candidates are vying to replace for Frank Straub who was separated from the city. According to KHQ.com, Straub, who is now the Director of Strategic Studies for the Washington D.C.-based Police Foundation and unsuccessfully sued the city was separated for what the city cited as poor leadership and harassment

Previously, Lehner, who joined Elk Grove Police as Chief in 2008, was a finalist for top jobs in Seattle and Corpus Christi, Texas in 2014 and 2015 respectively. The decision of who will be selected is expected to be made in the next few days and confirmed by the Spokane City Council in August.  

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Josie said...

This seems very troubling for our city when our Police Chief keeps looking for another job. Officers look to the chief for leadership and the community looks to the chief for answers on crime problems. Chief Lehner has many officers under his line of supervision, 24-hour a day presence on the streets and all of them putting their lives at risk protecting our community. It is most important that moral and trust in their Department is present. That's difficult for me to think that is the case in Elk Grove.

W. Morris said...

He sure must be racking up the frequent flyer miles on interviews! Guess all is not well in Destination City?

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