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Chief of Police Recruitment

The City of Tacoma is in the process of finding an experienced, transformational leader to serve as its next Chief of Police for the Tacoma Police Department.  


Please see below for an update on our search and opportunities to engage with the candidates!


Meet the Candidates

Coming soon!


Interview Schedule 

November 16, 2021

12 PM

City Council Study Session

Watch via TV Tacoma, Zoom, or Facebook Live


November 17, 2021

Time TBD

Panel Interviews with the Candidates

Watch via TV Tacoma, Zoom, or Facebook Live


4 PM

Candidate Meet and Greet (in person)

Greater Tacoma Convention Center


Share Your Feedback

Coming soon!


Recruitment Calendar

October 15, 2021: Job announcement for position closed. 


October 16, 2021 - November 3, 2021: Review and preliminary interviews conducted by Bob Murray and Associates.


November 16-17, 2021: Candidate interviews with City of Tacoma community and stakeholders.

November 2021: Background/Reference checks (estimated 1 month process).

December 2021: Appointment of Police Chief.


Position Information

Recruitment Firm


Joel Bryden, Vice President and Recruiter

Bob Murray and Associates 


Staff Contacts


Lynn Stehr, Human Resources Analyst

Nicole Ratliff, Human Resources Specialist

Marisa Tetreault, Human Resources Analyst


Have a question or suggestion for an interview question?

Please email policechiefrecruitment@cityoftacoma.org.