first_imgAfter searching more than a year for a new police chief, Woodland Mayor Grover Laseke believes he’s finally found the right guy for the job.On Wednesday, Laseke told The Columbian he plans to hire Phillip Crochet, a longtime recruiting and training commander in Austin, Texas, to take the helm at what has been a tumultuous time for the Woodland Police Department. The announcement has been delayed nearly two months to wait out background checks after four finalists were interviewed for the position.Crochet, from Cedar Park, Texas, launched his career in law enforcement in the mid-1980s as a narcotics agent, going undercover as a high school student. Since 1991, he has worked for the Austin Police Department.Whether he’ll actually get the new job depends on confirmation from the Woodland City Council, which rejected the mayor’s previous pick in May. But Laseke feels confident in Crochet’s chances, saying he was the top choice of most everyone involved with the selection process. “I think the people involved with the testing liked the way Phillip handled himself and his many years of experience,” Laseke said in an email to The Columbian. “He has the experience to get the job done and has researched the city both before and after the interviews to become familiar with the community and the problems we faced.”last_img

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