Finalists for Spokane police chief named

Finalists for Spokane police chief named
Seattle Police Captain James Dermody, Elk Grove Police Chief Robert Lehner and Yakima Police Chief Dominic Rizzi, Jr.

Three finalists have been identified in the current search for the next Spokane chief of police.

James Dermody, Robert Lehner and Dominic Rizzi, Jr. have been named as the finalists who will visit Spokane next Wednesday for interviews with several panels, followed by a public reception at the West Central Community Center.

Dermody is a captain in the Seattle Police Department, where he has served for 26 years. He currently oversees the Force Investigations Unit.

Lehner is the police chief in Elk Grove, Calif., a suburb of Sacramento, and has nearly 40 years of law enforcement experience.

Rizzi, the Yakima police chief, has 35 years of law enforcement experience including 25 years with the Chicago Police Department.

The interview panels next Wednesday will focus on a variety of subjects including leadership, community engagement and community oriented policing, business operations and finance. Community members can submit questions for the panels by sending them to before the interviews or submit them in writing during the public interview.

Mayor David Condon plans to announce his selection for chief following the interviews, and that individual will go before the City Council for confirmation in August.