ENTERPRISE — The City of Enterprise has selected three finalists for the city’s vacant Chief of Police position, and the public is invited to meet that trio on Thursday.
The city received 11 résumés for the post, which were reviewed by three chiefs from outside the local area. Afterward, the city invited nine of those 11 submitters to formally apply.
The three finalists, all of whom are law enforcement veterans, include:
• James Episcopo, traveling the farthest from Brookfield, Ill., 27 years in the field.
• Joshua Henningsen, from Clackamas, 15 years.
• Gregory Peterson, from Redmond, 25-plus years.
Enterprise Mayor Steve Lear, councilors Jenni Word and Larry Christman, who sit on the Police Committee, chose eight people to serve on a selection committee. Representation on the selection committee included councilors Word and Dave Elliott; Wallowa County Sheriff’s Office; Building Health Families; Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness; Enterprise High School, the faith community, and a community member at large.
The selection committee carefully reviewed and scored the nine chief candidates, finally settling on four of them. One applicant later pulled out for personal reasons.
Thursday’s meet-and-greet will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Community Connection in Enterprise. The night will include an opportunity to ask the candidates questions. All persons attending will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire, as the community’s input is valuable for the selection process.
The candidates will be visiting Enterprise with their spouses. Interviews will be conducted Friday, Oct. 2. The Enterprise City Council will meet the following week to discuss the recommendation of the interview committee and public comments. Based on the council’s recommendation, a job offer will be made pending the candidate passing a thorough background check.