Claremont Police Captain Gary Jenkins (photo, left) will likely be trading our college town for a larger one in the Pacific Northwest.
The city of Pullman, WA, home of Washington State University (go Cougars!), has named Jenkins its top candidate for new police chief. Pullman mayor Glenn Johnson made the announcement last Friday, according to CBS affiliate KLEW-TV in Lewiston, ID:
Johnson said Jenkins agreed to undergo the next stage of the selection process, which consists of the background check, polygraph and psychological tests. The city hopes the tests can be completed in about a month, at which time Mayor Johnson will formally appoint Jenkins. All appointments must be confirmed by the city council.
Five candidates appeared Wednesday before an interview panel, met with police officers, had a tour of the city with Chief Ted Weatherly and met with the general public.
Assuming he passes the final portion of the hiring process, Jenkins would fill the opening created by Pullman Police Chief Weatherly's impending retirement. Jenkins has been serving as the CPD's Operations Division Captain and is often quoted in high-profile news stories involving our police department.