City Releases Names of Five Finalists for Des Moines Police Chief Position


The City of Des Moines on Monday (May 14) announced five Finalists for the position of Police Chief:

  • George Delgado, Commander, Vancouver, WA
  • Charlie Dennis, former Chief of Police, Page, AZ
  • John Dyer, Commander, Oak Harbor, WA
  • Stephen MacKinnon, Chief of Police, Santa Paula, CA
  • Christopher Shawkey, former Chief of Police, Costa Mesa, CA

The position has been vacant since the retirement of Chief Roger Baker in June 2010, with Commander John O’Leary serving as interim chief since.

The public will be able to informally meet and interact with the finalists during a reception hosted by the City on Monday, May 21st from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Des Moines Activity Center (2045 South 216th Street).

No formal presentations or question and answer process will be conducted; however, a short written biography for each will be available. Comment forms will be on hand for citizens to offer their impressions of each candidate.

For more information, please contact Sue Bowman in the Des Moines City Manager’s office at 206-870-6541.


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