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Richland Seeks Interested Citizens for Involvement Opportunities - 09/18/18

The Richland City Council is accepting applications from Richland citizens interested in serving on its Library Board, Board of Adjustment and Planning Commissions.

Library Board candidates should have an interest in the library and its mission to promote the love of reading and the joy of discovery for persons of all ages, provide information and learning resources in a variety of formats for both education and leisure, and prepare our patrons for the challenges and opportunities in the lifelong quest for knowledge in the information age.

The Library Board establishes basic policies for the operation of the Richland Public Library, which includes budgetary planning to provide library services to the community. Additionally, the Library Manager reports to the Library Board.

Board of Adjustment members conduct public hearings and makes decisions on applications for special use permits; grants permits when requirements are fully met; grants or denies variances to the regulations or restrictions in the Richland Municipal Code when the variance is in harmony with general purposes and intent of the code; and hears and decides on appeals to administrative interpretations of the City’s Zoning Code.

The application deadlines for both are September 28, 2018.

Planning Commission members serve as an advisory body to the City Council to recommend, or prepare and recommend regulations, amendments, extensions, or additions to such regulations or plans for the physical development of the City in the interest of health, safety, economic viability, and general welfare.

The application deadline for the Planning Committee is October 4. 

Richland residents can apply on www.ci.richland.wa.us/bccvacancies or by calling 942-7388.

Richland Police Chief Recruitment Update - 09/11/18

In April, 2018, the City of Richland, WA began an extensive recruitment effort to replace the City’s Chief of Police.  The position was previously held for seven years by Chris Skinner, who accepted a position as Police Chief with the City of Eugene, OR.

As is standard practice by agencies of this size and with positions of this caliber, a reputable recruitment firm, Ralph Andersen & Associates was hired to assist with the search. With their expertise, and per direction of the City Manager, every effort was made to execute a fair, thorough, and unbiased process.

Potential candidates were evaluated through a series of applications, interviews, background assessments, and a community open house. Understandably, recruitment efforts of this nature can be an arduous process and do not always result in a successful candidate.

Consequently, after careful consideration, City Manager, Cindy Reents confirms she did not find the right candidate to fill the Police Chief position at this time. “I appreciate the patience of the community throughout this very important process. The City Council and I are committed to this process and are determined to find the right fit for our City. Therefore, I have released all remaining candidates and will reevaluate the candidate market in the future. I have the utmost of confidence in Chief Jeff Taylor and he will continue as interim Chief of Police until further notice.” 

For more information regarding the City of Richland, visit www.ci.richland.wa.us.

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Richland to Recognize Completion of Queensgate Drive Improvements (Photo) - 08/27/18

The City of Richland will host a grand opening ceremony on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 10:00 am to recognize the completion of recent Queensgate Drive Improvements. The event will take place at 691 Windmill Road in Richland. The corridor improvements began in the Spring 2018 and include the addition of two roundabouts. One roundabout was constructed at the intersection of the eastbound ramp terminal of I-182 and a second was installed at the Queensgate Drive/Columbia Park Trail intersection. The project also included additional improvements to Keene Road, Columbia Park Trail, and Jericho Road. 

The improvements are the result of a 2015 Queensgate Corridor Study and address congestion and safety concerns in this growing area of Richland. 

More information is available at www.ci.richland.wa.us/queensgate.

 

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City of Richland Hosts Community Open House for Police Chief Candidates - 08/23/18

The City of Richland, WA has selected two finalists as candidates for Chief of Police. The public is invited to meet the candidates at a Police Chief Candidate Community Open House scheduled for Thursday, August 30th, 2018, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Richland Public Library.  This informal reception will provide an opportunity for citizens to ask questions, interact with the candidates, and provide feedback to City leaders. The reception will be held in the Library Gallery Room at 955 Northgate Drive.

Albert “Al” Escalera of Pasco, WA has over 34 years of public safety experience and is currently employed as Chief of Police in Sunnyside, WA. He has served in this capacity since 2014. Prior to Sunnyside, Escalera served as a Captain in the West Richland, WA Police Department after spending 26 years working for the Washington State Patrol.

Dominic Rizzi, Jr. of Yakima, WA has 35 years of law enforcement experience and has spent the past six years as the Chief of Police in Yakima, WA.  Prior to Yakima, he spent 25 years at the Chicago Police Department.

These top two candidates will proceed to the final round of the interview process next week. Nation-wide recruitment efforts have been managed by reputable executive search consultant, Ralph Andersen & Associates. Five individuals were selected to participate in the first round of interviews held earlier this week. Candidates were interviewed by two panels; one included members of internal staff, the other was comprised of externally focused participants which included community partners.

The final candidate will replace former Police Chief, Chris Skinner, who accepted a position as Police Chief in Eugene, Oregon earlier this year.

“We are pleased with the caliber of candidates who applied for this important position,” City Manager, Cindy Reents said Thursday. “I look forward to participating in the final round of interviews and getting feedback from the community.”

Final candidate interviews will occur on Friday, August 31. A decision is expected by mid-September.