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Port Orchard police chief job offered to Nebraska man

"The city of Port Orchard is expected to announce within a week that Alan Townsend of Lincoln, Neb. is its new police chief.The city recently offered the 10-year law enforcement veteran the position, pending physical and psychological tests.Sources confirmed that Townsend, a precinct sergeant for the Lincoln Police Department, recently submitted a letter of resignation to the Lincoln Police chief.Townsend is reportedly undergoing medical and psychological evaluations in Kitsap County this week. Barring any unforseen problems that crop up during the tests, Townsend’s offer is expected to be formally confirmed during a City Council meeting at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13. If Townsend doesn’t pass muster, the city reserves the right to rescind its offer and look to other candidates to fill the post.Townsend was originally one of 24 applicants, then one of eight to advance to the initial interviews for the Port Orchard post. From there, Townsend was one of three to graduate to final interviews with Mayor Jay Weatherill. The other two candidates hailed from Washington and Oregon.The selection process has spanned a period of several months, while Sgt. David Loflin served as acting chief. Loflin was a candidate for the job before withdrawing his application.During the latter phase of the selection process, the city contracted with the Kitsap County Sheriff Department to conduct a background check on Townsend. Ultimately, Townsend was offered the post.If Townsend is formally named Port Orchard’s next police chief and he accepts the post, he, his wife and young daughter are expected to move to Port Orchard as soon as possible.Townsend and his wife, an officer with the Nebraska State Patrol, would be leaving a well-known college town (home of the University of Nebraska) with a population of more than 200,000. According to Lincoln’s local newspaper, criminal activity there is generally relegated to property-type crimes."

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