Four vying for vacant Ontario police chief slot

Four applicants seek to fill the vacant Ontario police chief position. The city plans to begin reviewing the applications this week. (The Enterprise/File).

ONTARIO – Four people have applied to be Ontario’s next police chief.

The Ontario Police Department and the city began looking for a new leader after former Police Chief Cal Kunz resigned last month to take the helm at the West Wendover Police Department in Nevada.

“Applicants have come from all over – we got two from California, one from the Chicago area and one from Hawaii,” said Adam Brown, Ontario city manager. Brown said he has looked at the applications as they came in, but will begin reviewing them this week as soon as he sets up a review panel.

“It’ll probably be state police or another local police department, or the sheriff,” said Brown.

After the city staff reviews each applicant, they will conduct phone interviews before inviting anyone up to Ontario, said Brown. He added that applicants won’t be required to take a test or written exam. However, Brown said the state requires that out-of-state officers transferring into Oregon complete an abbreviated state training.