Charles Moose, the voice of law enforcers during the sniper shootings that paralyzed areas near Washington, D.C., last year, has applied to be Minneapolis’ next police chief, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Moose, 50, who has been chief in Montgomery County, Md., and Portland, Ore., is one of 26 candidates who have applied for the position. As keynote speaker at a terrorism symposium in Anoka, Mn. a few two weeks ago, he hinted at a news conference that he was looking for a new chief’s job.
Police and county officials who know Moose say he is highly regarded for his leadership skills and ability to communicate with the public. He quit as Montgomery County chief June 28 in an ethics dispute after deciding to write a book about the sniper manhunt. A county ethics board said it was improper for him to profit from his work.
The new chief will have to deal with recent high-profile police brutality allegations, the expected completion of a federal mediation agreement to improve police-community relations, and budget cuts.
The list of applicants for the chief’s job isn’t public, but internal candidates have applied. They are Lucy Gerold and Sharon Lubinski, the Police Department’s two deputy chiefs, and Fourth Precinct Inspector Tim Dolan. Gerold, 51, was Mayor R.T. Rybak’s choice for interim chief in his failed effort to remove current Chief Robert Olson from office last year. Olson’s contract will expire in January, and Rybak has said he won’t renew it.
“I think he would be a great hire for them,” said Montgomery County Executive Douglas M. Duncan, who hired Moose in 1999, the Washington Post says.
The Minneapolis job would put Moose in charge of a department with fewer officers than he oversaw in Montgomery County, which has 1,100 officers compared with Minneapolis’s 810.