Edmonds Mayor Mike Nelson announced Friday he plans to hire “a reputable recruitment firm” to lead a search process for a new police chief, following the retirement of Chief Al Compaan.
Former Assistant Chief Jim Lawless is now filling the position of acting chief.
Nelson’s proposal will require budget authorization from the city council, and the mayor said he will present a proposed recruitment process to the council in the coming weeks.
“We will have an inclusive and transparent search process that considers the very best internal and external candidates,” Nelson said. “We intend to have participation from a wide variety of community stakeholders, including police employees and members of the public.”
Lawless will continue as acting chief during the recruitment process, Nelson said.
The mayor added that the search firm currently under consideration specializes in police executive searches and has successfully completed other police chief searches in the region.
Nelson said he hopes a permanent police chief will be in place by June 1.