UPDATE 11:10 A.M.| Metz will be up against four other candidates for Bellevue Police Department Chief: Minnesota Police Department Assistant Chief Matthew Clark, Bellevue Police Department Deputy Chief Jim Jolliffe, Simi Valley (California) Police Department Chief Mitch McCann and Austin Police Department Assistant Chief Raul Munguia.
A hiring timeline hasn’t been narrowed down, but Bellevue city spokeswoman Emily Christensen said the city hopes to have its new police chief at work by early 2015.
ORIGINAL POST | Seattle police Assistant Chief Nick Metz is one of five finalists being considered for the next chief of the Bellevue Police Department, according to a source.
Belleve police are expected to announce the candidates’ names later Wednesday morning. A police source said the five candidates are picked from a pool of law enforcement officers across the country.
This is the second time Metz, 52, has been considered for the top job at the Belleuve Police Department. He was a finalist in 2007 when the city selected Linda Pillo to lead the department. Pillo retired in April after a 28-year career at the department.
A law enforcement source said that city officials are also considering police leaders from Austin, Texas; Simi Valley, California; Minneapolis and inside the Bellevue Police Department to fill the chief’s job.
Metz, who oversees SPD’s Patrol Operations Bureau, joined the department in 1983 and rose through the ranks. Metz previously served as one of two deputy chiefs, the second-highest rank in the department, until former interim Chief Jim Pugel eliminated the position. Metz was moved to the rank of assistant chief then later given an ultimatum by Pugel: Take an assignment to his civil-service rank of captain or accept a severance package, according to sources familiar with the move.
Metz was returned to the role of assistant chief after Pugel was replaced by Interim Chief Harry Bailey. He has remained in the job after Chief Kathleen O’Toole was hired.