Lane County DA a finalist for Springfield Police chief job

Lane County DA a finalist for Springfield Police chief job
Alex Gardner

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - Lane County District Attorney Alex Gardner is one of four finalists in the search for a new Chief of Police in Springfield.

The job opened up after Chief Jerry Smith suddenly retired. The public later learned Smith retired when confronted with evidence confirming he had a romantic relationship with an employee.

A city committee whittled down the list of 50 applicants to 7, the City of Springfield said.

The city manager and other city staff trimmed the list to 4.

All 4 have agreed to job interviews later this month.

The city hopes to make an offer by October 31.

Gardner is the only local candidate, although the other 3 finalists are all from the West.

Timothy Doney is the deputy police chief at the Medford Police Department, where he has worked since 1988. Doney wored his way up through the ranks from patrol officer.

Carl Nielsen has been captain/lietuenant in the City of Turlock, California, east of the Bay Area since 2007. He previously worked as a officer, detective and sergeant in the City of Tracy, California. He was a police officer in San Diego for 14 years.

Ted Stensland has been the Commander of Criminal Investigations for the King County Sheriff's Office in Seattle since 2011. He started with the King County Sheriff in 1999 and worked his way up through the ranks after getting his start at the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office in Portland.

Gardner has been district attorney, an elected position, since 2009. He has worked in the Lane County DA's office since 2001.