Four men, two of them from within the Omaha Police Department, are finalists to become the city's next police chief.
The list does not include the department's interim leader, David Baker.
Deputy Chief Todd Schmaderer and Capt. Greg Gonzalez made the cut from within the Omaha department.
Blair Ulring, recently retired head of the Stockton, Calif., Police Department and Chief Christopher Domagalski of Sheboygan, Wis., are the external candidates.
People with knowledge of the selection process informed The World-Herald of the candidates.
Officials have said Omaha's next chief needs to bring continuity to a relatively young department — the new hire will be the city's fourth police chief in 4˝ years.
The last three men to hold the chief's job were promoted from within, and all retired before they turned 50. They will collect six-figure annual pensions for the rest of their lives.
Mayor Jim Suttle, who will make the appointment, has said any internal candidate's proximity to retirement will be “a big factor in my mind.”
Suttle's office is expected to formally announce the finalists today.
The last external candidate hired as Omaha police chief was Don Carey, who held the job from 1998 to 2003. He came to the city from Independence, Mo.
A total of 69 people from 25 states applied to replace former Chief Alex Hayes.
Hayes, 48, announced the end to his 2˝-year run as chief in March, capping a 25-year career with the department.
Each of the finalists will be interviewed by an unnamed panel of local community members and Suttle. That's scheduled to occur next week. Background investigations will be conducted on each candidate.
Schmaderer has been a deputy Omaha chief since 2010 and oversees the uniform patrol bureau.
Gonzalez was promoted to captain of the southwest precinct in 2010.
Domagalski is police chief in Sheboygan, a department with about 120 employees. He previously served 18 years in the Milwaukee Police Department.
He was the first police chief hired from outside the Sheboygan police department since the 1930s.
One of the major achievements of his administrations has been starting work on a joint dispatch system shared by the city and the county. Such a system already exists in Omaha.
Domagalski also presided during a new police contract that gave pay raises but reduced benefits. The net result was about $100 to $150 less in each paycheck.
Ulring retired as Stockton chief in February after overseeing layoffs and salary and benefits cuts. The Stockton police force, which was at 400 at the beginning of 2009, had 55 layoffs while Ulring was interim chief, according to local reports.
He was a finalist this year for the police chief job in Flagstaff, Ariz. Members of the Stockton police union sent letters saying he should not be hired, the Arizona Daily Sun reported.
However, the former Stockton city manager told the newspaper that Ulring was one of the best police chiefs in the country and made tough financial decisions.
World-Herald staff writer Roseann Moring contributed to this report.
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