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Police Chief Recruitment

The City of Bellevue is in the midst of a national search for a new police chief to lead a force that has consistently helped make Bellevue one of the safest cities in the country. City Manager Brad Miyake will appoint the new chief.

On Wednesday, October 22, the city announced five finalists for the position:

 Matthew Clark

Assistant Chief Matthew Clark, Minneapolis, Minn. Police Department
Assistant Chief Clark began his public safety career in 1989 as a volunteer firefighter and soon after became a part-time and reserve police officer. Chief Clark joined the Minneapolis Police Department in 1993 and was promoted to sergeant in 1999 and lieutenant in 2007. In 2012 he became assistant chief.

Chief Clark is a results-focused leader driven to create safe environments for citizens, enhance operational effectiveness and improve livability in communities. His career accomplishments include establishing the nationally recognized Minneapolis Police goals and performance program, commanding public safety operations for the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game, holding command positions during the 35W Bridge Collapse and 2008 Republican National Convention and managing the Chief’s Citizen’s Advisory Council.

Chief Clark holds a Master of Public Administration and Human Services from Concordia University, St. Paul, and a bachelor’s degree in law enforcement and public administration from Minnesota State University, Mankato. He is a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership Institute, the Senior Management Institute for Police and the FBI National Academy.

 Jim Jolliffe

Deputy Chief Jim Jolliffe, Bellevue, Wash. Police Department
Deputy Chief Jolliffe began his 31-year police career in Orange County, Calif. Hired by the Bellevue Police Department in 1991, he has worked assignments in patrol, traffic, K-9, investigations, narcotics, personnel services, SWAT and the bomb squad.  Chief Jolliffe has been a deputy chief since 2010, serving assignments in operations and support services.

He is a member of Leadership Eastside and is on the Board of Directors for Lifewire, an organization that has been providing domestic violence services and programs to the community since 1982.

Chief Jolliffe has an undergraduate degree in criminal justice from American Military University, and has attended several executive leadership programs including the FBI National Academy and the FBI Northwest Command College

 Mitch McCann

Chief Mitch McCann, Simi Valley, Calif. Police Department
Chief McCann has been in law enforcement for over 29 years. He began his career with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in 1985. He transferred to the Beverly Hills Police Department in 1988, where he worked for 24 years. In July 2012, he became the chief of the Simi Valley Police Department.

Chief McCann is involved in his community and sits on the Board of Directors of the Police Foundation, Education Foundation and the Simi Valley Community Foundation and has been an active member of Rotary International.

He received a Bachelor of Science in business administration and a Master of Public Administration from California State University, Northridge. He is a graduate of California’s Command College, where he was the Dorothy Harris Award recipient for excellence, and also a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Chief McCann is Vice President of the California Police Officers Association, Chairperson of the Law and Legislature Committee and a member of the California Police Chiefs Association.  

 Nicholas Metz

Assistant Chief Nicholas Metz, Seattle, Wash. Police Department
Assistant Chief Metz has been with the Seattle Police Department for 31 years. He started his career as a patrol officer in both the downtown and Rainier Valley neighborhoods, before becoming an undercover-detective in narcotics. Since his promotion to assistant chief in October 2001, he has been the chief of investigations, the chief of field support, as well as chief of operations (patrol, investigations and special operations).

Chief Metz is on the boards of directors for the Behind the Badge Foundation and the YWCA of Seattle-King County, a Special Advisor to the Code-4 Northwest (a crisis referral service for First Responders and their families) and recent past-Chair of the King County Police Chiefs’ Association. 

Chief Metz graduated from City University with a Bachelor of Science in law enforcement administration. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Senior Management Institute for Police at Boston University, and the FBI’s National Executive Institute.

 Raul Munguia

Assistant Chief Raul Munguia Austin, Texas Police Department
Assistant Chief Munguia joined the Austin Police Department in 1984 as a patrol officer. He has been assigned to patrol, the motorcycle unit, internal affairs, narcotics, traffic investigations, recruiting, special events, and was commander of the Central East Command. Chief Munguia was promoted to assistant chief in August 2010

In an organization with approximately 2,300 sworn law enforcement and support personnel, Chief Munguia oversees the day to day operations of the Austin Police Department. Familiar with the city’s diverse citizenry and ever-expanding nature, Chief Munguia serves as a key asset to the success of the department and the safety of the community. He serves with a “hands-on” leadership style, frequently patrolling areas within his region in an effort to gain first-hand knowledge of each sector’s key issues.

Chief Munguia earned his Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science from Mid-Western State University.


The Mercer Group is the executive search firm assisting the city in hiring the next police chief. Input from staff, residents, local businesses and other stakeholders has been solicited as the city considers the qualities the new police chief ideally will possess. Internal and external stakeholder meetings have been held and additional input opportunities are listed below. During the recruitment process, Jim Montgomery, former Bellevue police chief, is serving as interim chief.

Your input will help to make this recruitment successful and there are a number of ways you can provide input: community meetings; a survey; emailing your input directly to COBPoliceChiefRecruitment@bellevuewa.gov or anonymously.

The survey and facilitated discussions at meetings are focused on the following questions:

  1. What are the most important issues/priorities that you would like the new police chief to address?
  2. What experience and track record should the new police chief have?
  3. What are some of the characteristics about Bellevue that will help attract the best candidates to our city?
  4. What skills and characteristics are the most critical for a new police chief to succeed in Bellevue?
  5. Is there anything else you would like the city to consider when selecting the new police chief?

Previous and Upcoming Community Meetings

Date Time Location
 Thursday, July 17 (various community organizations)  6-7:30 p.m.  City Hall (1E - 112)
 Tuesday, July 22   (various community organizations and public)  6-7:30 p.m.  City Hall (1E - 108)
Thursday, October 23 (Public Reception to meet the candidates) 6-7 p.m. City Hall (1E -112)

The meetings will be accessible to people with disabilities. Anyone needing special assistance may contact City Hall during business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 425-452-6800, or by email at ServiceFirst@bellevuewa.gov.

Schedule

Activity Time
 Stakeholder and Community Meetings  June - July
 Open Application Period  Aug. 11-Sept. 8
 Screening Process of Applicants  September - November
 Offer  November - December
Contact Information

Human Resources
450 110th Ave. NE
P.O. Box 90012
Bellevue, WA 98009
Contact: Evon Hartmann
Phone: 425-452-6863
E-mail: ehartmann@bellevuewa.gov


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