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News from the office of the City Manager, Ed Meece

POLSON — George Simpson has accepted a job offer for the position of Police Chief with the City of Polson – effective immediately. Chief Simpson is an eight-year veteran of the Polson Police Department, where he served as both a Sergeant and Captain; as well as previous positions with the Lake County Sheriff and Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (FL). Chief Simpson is a graduate of the FBI Executive Command College and FBI Executive Development Supervisor & Command Leadership Institute. Prior to his career in public law enforcement, Chief Simpson served nine years in the US Navy. 

“The City of Polson is excited for the contributions that George Simpson will make to our community in his new role as Police Chief. Chief Simpson’s leadership will further enhance the department’s ability to demonstrate excellent public service to the citizens of Polson,” stated Ed Meece, City Manager. 

Chief Simpson earned this appointment through competition with twenty other candidates in a national search. The hiring process involved a blind-resume screening/ranking by the Police Commission/City Attorney/City Manager/HR Coordinator. The top five candidates participated in preliminary interviews, with an interview panel that included City Manager, HR Coordinator, and a guest law enforcement professional. Finalists participated in a full day of on-site interviews with the entire Leadership Team and City Manager. In total, the candidates were evaluated by fourteen different individuals during the hiring process. 

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