Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak may name a new police chief to replace Robert Olson as early as this week, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Yesterday, Rybak struck a former Detroit deputy police chief from the short list of candidates and re-interviewed three out-of-towners. The City Council must approve the choice.
Herman Curry Jr. was eliminated because he was the only remaining applicant who hadn’t been a police chief or wasn’t an internal candidate said. Two Minneapolis deputy chiefs, Lucy Gerold and Sharon Lubinski, remain contenders. The other candidates are William McManus, Dayton, Ohio, police chief; Charles Moose, former Montgomery County, Md., police chief, and Joseph Samuels Jr., former Richmond and Oakland, Calif., police chief.
A citizens advisory committee and Rybak spent 10 hours interviewing and discussing the six candidates Saturday. Some of the questions revolved around diversifying the department and how they had been visible leaders.
Ellen Goldberg Luger, a member of the citizens advisory committee and chairwoman of Minnesota HEALS (Hope, Education And Law and Safety), said the interviews Saturday were productive. “The process was just very impressive,” she said. “I thought it was very fair, it was very thorough and, really, I was quite impressed with all the candidates.”