Chris Ward is Lacey’s current interim chief of police. The position is in charge of 64 employees, including the city’s 52 police officers, a $10.6 million public safety budget, and $930,000 in contract services.
The search for a new chief was conducted by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs. The candidate who is eventually hired will be the sixth chief in the department’s 51-year history, according to the city.
Community members can meet the finalists on Nov. 27 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Lacey City Hall Council Chambers at 420 College Street Southeast.