The Bainbridge Island community is invited to meet three finalists for the Police Chief position at a reception Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at City Hall.
The finalists are:
- Joseph (Joe) Clark has more than 33 years of law enforcement experience and has served in various positions with the Norfolk Police Department in Norfolk, Virginia since 1986. He currently serves as Deputy Chief, a position he has held since 2017. Joe holds a master’s degree in education from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia and a bachelor's degree in criminology from Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, Florida. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
- Carl Nielsen has more than 34 years of law enforcement experience and currently serves as Police Chief for the City of Centralia, Washington, a position he has held since 2015. He previously served as Captain and Lieutenant for the Turlock Police Department in Turlock, California from 2007 to 2015. Carl holds a master’s degree in emergency services administration and a bachelor’s degree in emergency services administration/vocational studies from California State University Long Beach in Long Beach, California. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
- David (Dave) Westrick has more than 28 years of law enforcement experience and has served in various positions with the Hollister Police Department in Hollister, California since 2003. He is currently Police Chief, a position he has held since 2013. Dave holds a bachelor's degree in public safety management from Union I&U in Sacramento, California, and he is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
“I’m excited to have such a strong slate of finalists for the City to consider as our next Police Chief,” said City Manager Morgan Smith. “This is a critical position within the organization, and it’s important that we select a Chief who can continue to build on the positive connections that exist between our community and its Police Department.”
Smith is seeking a Police Chief with demonstrated leadership experience and a high degree of professionalism. The department is committed to extensive training for officers and maintaining the high standard set by the Washington Association of Sheriffs & Police Chiefs (WASPC) accreditation. In addition, the upcoming transition to the new Police-Court facility will be a complex and important project, and the next Police Chief will have a critical role in the project’s success.
The City worked with Strategic Government Resources (SGR) to lead the nationwide search and review the applications of 35 applicants for the position. SGR specializes in public sector executive recruitment. The City seeks to have the hiring process completed by the end of the year.
Kristen Drew, Communications Coordinator