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November 17, 2014 at 4:26 PM

Bellevue turns down all 5 police chief candidates

None of the five police chief candidates the City of Bellevue interviewed last month will be offered the job, according to City Manager Brad Miyake.

The city has not given a specific reason it will not hire any of the candidates, a group rounded up by a search firm this year after the city’s last police chief, Linda Pillo, retired in April.

Nick Metz, assistant chief at the Seattle Police Department, and Jim Jolliffe, Bellevue’s deputy chief were among the candidates. The others were Matthew Clark, an assistant chief in the Minneapolis Police Department; Mitch McCann, police chief in Simi Valley, Calif.; and Austin (Texas) Police Department Assistant Chief Raul Munguia.

Miyake said last month he intended to select one of the candidates with a week or two of interviews that took place the week of Oct. 22, and had hoped to have a new police chief at work  by January.

But Miyake said in an e-mail to city staff Monday that he would not select any of the candidates “after reviewing all the feedback, as well as my own analysis of how these candidates would fit with the community.”

The city will instead search for a new slate of candidates soon, according to Miyake’s note.

Bellevue’s new chief could make up to $175,326 a year, according to the city’s job brochure. Pillo, the city’s previous police chief, was paid $172,630 in 2013.

Former Bellevue Police Chief Jim Montgomery has been interim chief since Pillo left and will remain in the position until a new police chief is hired.

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