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Ridgefield swears in new police chief

Cathy Doriot has served in interim role for four months

By Shari Phiel, Columbian staff writer
Published: March 12, 2023, 6:00am

Ridgefield’s interim police chief, Cathy Doriot, was sworn in as the city’s new chief of police on Thursday. Doriot has been serving as interim chief for four months.

The Ridgefield City Council selected Doriot following a process with manager and self-evaluations, and 360-degree review with internal and external stakeholders, City Manager Steve Stuart said in a press release Friday.

According to the release, Doriot grew up in Ridgefield and has served with the Ridgefield Police Department since 1989 as an officer, sergeant and lieutenant. Doriot replaces former Chief John Brooks, who retired in 2022.

“She’s a leader, a mentor to many, driven to serve her team and community, and has a unique knowledge and passion for our city’s success having grown up here personally and professionally. She takes this post with the well-earned support of our partners, our officers, and our community,” Stuart said.

Through the interim period and evaluation process, Doriot emerged as the best choice to lead Ridgefield’s police department into the future, the release said.

Mayor Jennifer Lindsay agreed.

“I am confident that, as she has done at every other opportunity, she will rise to the occasion. We are in very capable hands,” Lindsay said.