FARMINGTON — Farmington City Manager Rob Mayes said in an email that he will offer the Anchorage police deputy chief a job as Farmington's next chief of police.
Steven Hebbe, the deputy chief in Anchorage, Alaska, was one of eight candidates who interviewed with several panels for the chief position on Jan. 9 in Farmington. Mayes said Hebbe will get an offer for the job.
"I am in serious final discussions with Mr. Hebbe," Mayes said in a Thursday evening email to city councilors and department heads. "During my follow up interview, he solidified his position as first choice. We are in negotiations at this time, and I will be extending him a conditional offer."
Mayes said there are also three other chief candidates who he is still considering if Hebbe doesn't take the position.
Farmington police Capt. Dan Calkins is the department's interim chief.
Two Farmington police deputy chiefs, Vince Mitchell and Keith McPheeters, were on the final list of eight candidates considered for the position.
Hebbe has been a law enforcement officer since 1990 and has worked as a lieutenant or higher ranking officer for the last 10 years, according to his resume.
In a candidate introduction report, Hebbe mentioned that during his time in Alaska he worked to improve transparency in the department, improved relations between Alaska natives and the police and led a public campaign against drunken driving.
Hebbe said in the document that as deputy chief he changed a long-standing policy in Anchorage and made police policies and procedures readily available to the public. He also said he publicly implemented changes in use-of-force policies for Anchorage police after several officer-involved shootings.
He said he created a native outreach program that has improved relations.
Anchorage was a hub for Alaska natives to live and visit, he said. Many came from isolated rural areas and didn't have experience working with law enforcement.
"It is a priority for (Anchorage police) to build trust and educate these people about the dangers of a large city and the importance of contacting the police," Hebbe said in the documents. "This is a vulnerable group of people that may well underreport crimes against them."
Hebbe also said Anchorage police deal frequently with transients. He referred to them as "vulnerable" and "easily victimized" people and said "protecting" them should be a focus of a police force.
Hebbe's requested salary is $105,000 to $115,000 per year.Ryan Boetel covers crime for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @rboetel on Twitter.