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Chief of Police Recruitment

The City of Tacoma is recruiting for its next Chief of Police. The most up-to-date information regarding this recruitment will be posted on this page, so please check back often for updates.


Updated: October 19, 2020 



  • Outreach to internal stakeholders and community groups September 2020 - October 2020 
  • Position projected to close October 23, 2020
  • Semi-finalist interviews projected to take place the week of November 9, 2020
  • Finalist interviews projected to take place the week of November 30, 2020

Upcoming Community Outreach 


Recruitment Survey 

We want to hear from the community! Let us know what is important to you when recruiting the next Chief of Police. Please share your feedback by taking this brief survey by October 23, 2020. 

Take the Recruitment Survey


Encuesta de Contratación para Jefe de Policía (en Español) 

Virtual Event: Chief of Police Recruitment Community Conversation

We want to hear your thoughts on the recruitment for our next Police Chief. Please join us for a presentation on the recruitment, learn how you can participate, and to give us feedback on what is important to you. We also want to gather community input that will inform the development of interview questions for candidates.   


Event Details: 

October 29, 2020
6 – 7:15 PM
Click this link to join on Zoom
Event ID: 835 4575 3757
Passcode: 758963

You can also join by calling (253) 215-8782. 


Position Information

Search Committee

Tadd Wille, Search Committee Chair, City Manager’s Office

Det. Henry Betts, Tacoma Police Union, Local #6

Tory Green, Tacoma Fire Chief

Hermenia Jackson, Project PEACE Executive Committee

Mia Navarro, Office of Equity and Human Rights

Diana Parra, Commission for Immigrant and Refugee Affairs

Diane Powers, Office of Equity and Human Rights

Shayna Raphael, Community's Police Advisory Committee

Council Member James Rideout, Puyallup Tribe

Capt. Shawn Stringer, Tacoma Police Management Association, Local #26

Lt. Chris Travis, Tacoma Police Department



Shelby Fritz, Assistant Human Resources Director

Lynn Stehr, Human Resources Analyst

Cloie Wonderly, Human Resources Specialist



Please contact Shelby Fritz at sfritz@cityoftacoma.org or (253) 328-1306.