In June the City said, “Chief McCulley has reached a time where he feels that his goals for the community and the police department have been accomplished, and he is announcing his retirement to allow new leadership to continue to enhance the development of law enforcement services for the upper Snoqualmie Valley.”
The city brought in former Police Chief Jim Schaeffer to serve as interim chief until a permanent replacement was found.
On Tuesday afternoon, October 25, 2016 the City of Snoqualmie announced that it is getting closer to finding a police new chief – and will be interviewing four candidates beginning October 26th, with the recruitment process coordinated by The Prothman Company.
According to a press release, each candidate will be interviewed by four panels. Each panel includes a combination of the city’s senior managers, Snoqualmie Police Department staff and community members.
Panelists will provide input to Mayor Matt Larson and City Administrator Bob Larson, but do not recommend or select finalists. They will, however, provide information on each candidate’s strengths and any areas of concern.
Using this information, Mayor Larson will choose a final candidate to be confirmed by the City Council, likely at the November 14th council meeting, who will begin service with the Snoqualmie Police Department within 30 to 60 days of that confirmation.
The four candidates are Mark Daniel, James L. Dunlap, Brian McElroy, and Perry Phipps.
Mark Daniel currently serves as Police Captain for the City of Sherwood Police Department in Oregon. James L. Dunlap is the Second Precinct Commander for the Chesapeake Police Department in Virginia. Brian McElroy was most recently Chief of Police for the West Richland Police Department in Washington. Perry Phipps is a Police Captain for the Visalia Police Department in Visalia, California.