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Police chief finalists face Albany audience

Written November 21st, 2019 by Hasso Hering

The police chief candidates from left are Shane McSheehy, Marc Denney, Marcia Harnden, and Brad Liles.

One of these four police officers is likely to become the chief of the Albany Police Department after Mario Lattanzio retires in little more than two months.

The four finalists emerged from a field of 26 applicants, and on Thursday afternoon they took turns answering questions before an audience in the council chambers at City Hall.

Three of them, including Albany’s Brad Liles, are captains in their respective police departments. The fourth, Marc Denney, is the chief in La Center, WA. Harnden works in Bellevue, WA; and McSheehy had the longest trip to get here. He lives in Florida and works for the police in Eustis, in the central part of the state north of Orlando.

For a summary of their professional backgrounds, see the announcement of Thursday’s meet-and-greet event on the city’s website here.

The questions thrown at the finalists covered only topics related to their field, such as: What do you understand community policing to mean today; what’s the importance of a department’s national accreditation (which Albany police just achieved); and what about cooperation with federal immigration police.

Others dealt with recruiting officers; how do you make sure officers stay honest and act ethically; what challenges does a new chief face during the first 30 days; how to deal with the homeless, especially when mental illness is a factor, and what do you think of red-light cameras or photo speed enforcement.

The finalists face another day of interviews Friday. City Manager Peter Troedsson plans to make his choice next week. (hh)

Councilor Bessie Johnson chats with Shane McSheehy; at right is Marc Denney.


Marcia Harnden talks with Mayor Sharon Konopa while Brad Liles chats with other Albany residents.



3 responses to “Police chief finalists face Albany audience”

  1. Jim Engel says:

    Liles is my pick! I had the pleasure of being his FTO for 8 weeks back 26 years ago when he started. He had “street smarts” and all I had to do was guide him thru the training as he was a fast learner. Very level headed, has a strong desire to serve our community and he’s a local boy.

  2. Bill Kapaun says:

    Let’s keep it local!


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