East Wenatchee begins search for new police chief

East Wenatchee Police Chief

East Wenatchee Police Chief Randy Harrison will be retiring at the end of the year. The embattled chief has formally submitted his letter of resignation effective December 31st.

The search for a new chief comes as voters are also preparing to elect a new mayor to replace Steve Lacy. Lacy reportedly said he would like to see a new chief hired before Christmas. But that timeline might be too fast for the two candidates seeking to replace him in the upcoming election.

City Council members and mayor candidates Jerrilea Crawford and Tim Detering agree that Lacy’s timeline may be too aggressive. They shared their comments in an upcoming NCWLIFE Candidate preview.

The City Council was scheduled to discuss the process of recruiting a new chief at their meeting tonight.

Harrison’s retirement comes during a period of turmoil in the department following claims of mismanagement and a vote of no confidence from police officers.

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Steve Hair is a 40-year veteran broadcast journalist who comes to NCW LIFE TV after a long career in radio. Steve and his wife Lynette and their three sons moved to the Wenatchee Valley from Central California in 1992. Steve served as News Director for KPQ News where he covered a multitude of stories of importance to North Central Washington, including two of Washington State’s largest wildfires. During his radio career Steve has received many awards from organizations such as the Associated Press, (Sacramento and Seattle Bureaus) The Washington State Farm Bureau, and the California Medical Association. Steve is a sports addict. Time off usually finds him sprawled out on the couch watching the Seahawks, Mariners or anything that prevents him from doing house chores.