The Fire and Police Commission conducted 10 interviews Saturday at City Hall, said attorney Jennifer Moeller, chairwoman of the commission, who announced the four that will return for second interviews.
Among the finalists is Capt. Arleigh Porter, who has worn two hats as both captain and interim police chief since May 1, when Police Chief Dan Trelka left to become chief of police in Waterloo, Iowa.
Trelka and all 18 members of the Sturgeon Bay Professional Police Officers union recommended Porter for the job.
Moeller said all applicants provided letters of recommendation, which the commission is now checking along with other qualifications. Those references, she said, will be considered as well as other qualities.
“We have four good, strong candidates,” she said.
One of the applicants is former Sturgeon Bay resident Peter Reichard, who later moved to Guilford, Conn., and looks to return after leaving the New Haven, Conn., police department after 22 years in February. Reichard’s father, Glenn Reichard, is a former Door County Advocate general manager.
The other two candidates would need to resign from their current positions to take the job. They are Peter Running, Winneconne police chief, and Harold Minch, a lieutenant with the Collier County Sheriff’s Department in Naples, Fla.
“All have qualities you want in a police chief,” Moeller said. “They all have proven leadership, experience communicating with the public and experience with the business side of running a police department.”
Originally, the commission projected a new chief would be hired in July, but Moeller said that was “optimistic.” A decision will be made soon after all four have their second interviews, she said, but that date has not yet been set. A starting date will depend on work circumstances for whichever candidate is chosen, and salary decisions will be made by the Sturgeon Bay Common Council.
“We’re very fortunate the police department is in good hands with Capt. Porter,” she said. “We don’t feel the pressure that we have to get it filled right away — we can focus on getting the right person for the job while being assured the department is running smoothly.”
Besides Moeller, four others who serve on the city’s Fire and Police Commission, will choose the new police chief. They are Charles Brann, David Poulton, Michael VanDyke and Steven VanKirk.
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