I am asking the City of Edmonds to abandon the idea of using a private search firm for the new police chief and promote from within for several reasons.
First, the Edmonds Police Department has a history of promoting from within. Several chiefs, not all, have been promoted from within. Officers are afforded upward mobility opportunities to move up the ladder and someday hopefully become chief if so desired. A positive culture, chemistry and dedication to public service is lived and reinforced every day in the department. Officers are quickly available, professional and responsive. I know because I have called them several times for issues. If you call them with a question or need they will respond to you. Not all police departments operate at this high level of service, response and dedication. A clear and present danger exists to possibly disrupt this positive chemistry by going outside the department needlessly when an extremely qualified candidate is in position ready to accept the job.
Assistant Chief Jim Lawless has been with the Edmonds Police Department 25 years. He is already a member of the community and familiar with the department daily operations, officers, and how the community and department interact. He knows Edmonds and us. This is a big deal and he can hit the ground running.
Lastly, please do not spend $30,000-$40,000 of taxpayer dollars for a search outside the department when promoting from within is clearly warranted here.