2 finalists selected for Reno police chief

Stockton Deputy Police Chief Kathryn Nance, left, and Sparks Police Chief Christopher Crawforth
Stockton Deputy Police Chief Kathryn Nance, left, and Sparks Police Chief Christopher Crawforth(City of Reno)
Published: Nov. 30, 2022 at 4:19 PM PST
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - DEC. 2 UPDATE: The City of Reno announced Friday evening they have narrowed down their list of finalists from seven to two.

Chief Christopher Crawforth of the Sparks Police Department and Deputy Chief Kathryn Nance of the Stockton Police Department are the finalists.

The finalists were selected by three advisory committees, with representatives from City leadership, the Reno Police Department, and community stakeholders.

A meet and greet will be hosted for the public, the details for which will be announced by the city soon, they said in a press release.

“We are fortunate to have received such high-quality applicants,” said Reno City Manager Doug Thornley. “Both Chris and Kathryn align with the feedback we’ve received from our community on what they want to see in Reno’s next Chief of Police and are eminently qualified to lead our police department. I’m excited for our residents to meet them–and incredibly hopeful for our city.”

The City of Reno says it is getting closer to naming a new Chief of Police.

49 applications from around the country were sent in, and seven will go through interviews slated to begin later this week.

The candidates will be interviewed by three different advisory committees, with representatives from city leadership, the Reno Police Department, and community stakeholders.

Current Chief of Police Jason Soto announced his intention to retire back in April after serving more than 25 years. He will officially retire in January 2023.

The City collected more than 800 responses from a city-wide survey, which they say was used to inform their selection process.

“I would like to thank everyone who took the time to provide input as we search for Reno’s next Chief of Police,” said Reno City Manager Doug Thornley. “Community input is critical to ensure we choose a Chief of Police who understands the needs of our residents. This search has been a true community effort, and I look forward to selecting the best person for the job.”

In a press release, the city says it expects the new Chief of Police will be hired in January 2023, following the City Manager’s appointment and confirmation by the Reno City Council.