CAMAS — After conducting interviews for a new Camas police chief, the city announced Thursday it is continuing its search for the time being.
While Mayor Steve Hogan said the two individuals interviewed were excellent candidates, he wants to find someone who is a better fit for the city’s needs.
City officials began searching for a replacement for Chief Mitch Lackey last year after the 32-year department veteran announced in April he would be retiring in early 2023. The search was narrowed to the top five candidates in December.
Hogan said while both candidates had unique strengths they could bring to the position, the city decided to continue the search.
Lackey has agreed to push back his retirement date to provide support to the city while the search for his replacement continues.