Since April, the City of Richland has been searching for a new Police Chief to replace Chris Skinner, who left to become the top cop in Eugene OR.

Tuesday the city announced that two finalists from their search were just not the candidates they were seeking.  Interim Chief Jeff Taylor will continue til further notice.

The two candidates were known to the area; Dominic Rizzi Jr. former Chicago officer, and since 2012 the Police Chief of Yakima and Albert "Al" Escalera who is the current Chief in Sunnyside. He's a former West Richland Captain and had 25 years with the Washington State Patrol. They appeared to be considerably qualified candidates. But Tuesday the following statement was released by City Manager Cindy Reents:

“I appreciate the patience of the community throughout this very important process. The City Council and I are committed to this process and are determined to find the right fit for our City. Therefore, I have released all remaining candidates and will reevaluate the candidate market in the future. I have the utmost of confidence in Chief Jeff Taylor and he will continue as interim Chief of Police until further notice.” 

The two candidates recently attended an open house in Richland August 30th where for several hours they met and talked with residents.