The public is invited to meet the city of Lacey’s police chief finalists next week. Former police chief Dusty Pierpoint retired last month after serving on the department for more than three decades.

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.

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