Spokane Police Chief finalist drops out, 3 remain


by KREM.com


Posted on July 24, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 24 at 5:06 PM

SPOKANE-- Blair Ulring, retired Police Chief of the City of Stockton, Calif., has removed his name as a Spokane Police Chief Candidate. 

Blair Ulring, is the retired Police Chief of the City of Stockton, Calif.  Ulring served in the Stockton Police Department for 28 years.

Ulring told City of Spokane administrators he was dropping out for personal reasons. It comes at the same time allegations started swirling that he lied about his education credentials.

On the resume Ulring submitted to the City, he cited two degrees from La Salle University in law enforcement and administration of justice. He did not list the city or state of the school, only that he graduated Summa Cum Laude.

A representative from La Salle University in Philadelphia said the school has no record of Ulring as a registered student. The school also does not offer the two programs listed on Ulring’s resume.

City of Spokane spokesperson Marlene Feist said the interview process includes background checks, including educational credentials.

“We just hadn't gotten that far in the process yet," Feist said.

Ulring officially retired last August after not receiving the pay raise he requested. He stayed on in an interim capacity until February of this year. According to the Stockton Police Officers Association, his tenure as chief was filled with controversy. He faced a no-confidence vote in 2010 and former colleagues referred to him as both an emperor and a dictator.
Earlier this summer Ulring was up for police chief in Flagstaff, Arizona. He did not get the job. He's also been named as a finalist for the top spot in Omaha, Nebraska.

The City of Spokane will interview three finalists for the position of Police Chief Wednesday. 

Daniel J. Mahoney, Commanding Officer of the Ingleside Police Station within the San Francisco Police Department, George E. Markert, Director of the Office of Public Integrity for the City of Rochester, N.Y., and Frank G. Straub, Director of Public Safety for the City of Indianapolis and former Commissioner of the City of White Plains, N.Y, Department of Public Safety are candidates for the position

City officials say the finalists were determined through two initial screening rounds.  The Mayor’s Advisory Board on Policing completed a review and ranking of all applications, and several City senior managers then completed phone interviews with seven top candidates.

The finalists will be in Spokane Wednesday to participate in five interview panels, including one that is open to the public.

The panels will include
•    Government executives and elected leaders.
•    Current and retired law enforcement professionals.
•    Community and business leaders.
•    Members of the Public Safety Committee from the Mayor’s Transition Team.
•    Police Advisory Committee (PAC) members & citizens.

Citizens are able to attend the interviews conducted by the PAC in the City Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd.  The interviews were set to be shown live on CityCable 5 and streamed on the City’s web site at www.spokanecity.org.

These interviews will be 50 minutes long and are scheduled as follows:
•    11:10 a.m. with Daniel Mahoney.
•    1:15 p.m. with George Markert.
•    2:20 p.m. with Frank Straub.

Citizens can attend a meet and greet reception with the Chief candidates in the Chase Gallery in the lower level of City Hall from 4:30 to 6 p.m. also on July 25.

Citizens can provide their feedback on the candidates at the interviews in City Hall or by sending an email to policechiefsearch@spokanecity.org.