Woodland will start anew on police chief search



The city of Woodland will continue its search for a new police chief to replace Rob Stephenson, who retired after three decades on the force.

Mayor Grover Laseke announced Tuesday that he was not able to make an appointment from the candidates he interviewed Friday.

“The City Council lacked confidence in the selection process, so we will return to the drawing board,” he said in a press release.

City councilors will meet March 10 to design a new hiring process. Laseke said it was unfortunate that it will take longer than expected to have a new police chief hired. The city’s new timeline calls for a chief to be hired by May.

The hiring process, begun in September, whittled 21 nationwide candidates down to four that were interviewed and scored by community leaders, residents, business owners, city councilors and law enforcement professionals.