Assistant Seattle Police Chief Nick Metz is one of four finalists to become the next police chief in Aurora, Colo., according to a news release issued by the large Denver suburb.
Metz, 52, also was a recent candidate for the job of Bellevue police chief, but the city scrapped the search and decided to start over after the top contender from the Minneapolis Police Department withdrew his name.
Aurora is Colorado’s third largest city, with more than 347,000 residents and a police force of 650 sworn officers.
Metz , who heads patrol operations in Seattle, is one of five assistant chiefs under Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole. He joined the Seattle Police Department in 1983 and has been at the center of the department’s leadership as it fell under a 2012 federal consent decree to curtail excessive force and biased policing.
O’Toole announced Monday that she is opening all five assistant-chief positions to competition in January, seeking applications internally and externally, including any submitted by the current assistant chiefs.
No timetable for the Aurora selection has been set, a city spokeswoman said Tuesday.
Here is the full press release issued by the city:
Finalists for the Aurora Police Chief Named
Four finalists have been named in the search to fill the Aurora Chief of Police position vacated by former Police Chief Dan Oates in May, 2014. Oates resigned to become the Chief of Police in Miami Beach, Fl.
The city hired Bob Murray and Associates to conduct a national search in May. The finalists were selected from a pool of 34 candidates. The finalists include:
Jose Bañales – Assistant Police Chief with the San Antonio Police Department in Texas. Bañales has been with the department since 1983. He has a master’s degree in management and leadership, bachelors in criminal justice management and is a graduate of the FBI National Justice Institute and the FBI National Academy. Bañales has held all ranks within the department and has worked various assignments over his 31 year career.
Fran Gomez – Deputy Chief with the City of Commerce City, Colorado. Gomez has been with the City of Commerce City since 2013, and prior to that completed 23 years with the Aurora Police Department, where she advanced through the ranks to Commander. She has a master’s degree in criminal justice and a bachelor’s degree in anthropology; additionally she is a graduate of the Senior Management Institute for Police sponsored by the Police Executive Research Forum.
Nicholas Metz – Assistant Chief with the City of Seattle Police Department. Metz has been with the department since 1983. He has a bachelor’s degree in general studies and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and Senior Management Institute for Police. Metz has advanced through the ranks to his current position in the Seattle Police Department
Roy Minter Jr. – Minter is currently the Police Chief for the city of Peoria, Arizona, a position he has held since 2011. Prior to that, he was the Police Chief in Denton, Texas for four years and with the Aurora Police Department for 15 years, achieving the rank of Commander. He has a master’s degree in organizational management and a bachelor’s degree in business administration.
Deputy Chief Terry Jones, a 35-year veteran of the department, is serving as the interim police chief until the position is filled permanently.
Aurora is Colorado’s safest large city and 650 sworn officers serve in the Aurora Police Department.