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City of Kirkland selects three Police Chief finalists

Contact: Kurt Triplett
City Manager


KIRKLAND, Wash. – Kirkland City Manager Kurt Triplett today released the names of the three finalists for the position of Kirkland Police Chief: Deputy Chief Rodney Covey, Port of Seattle Police, Assistant Chief of Police Brian Harris, DeKalb County Police Department and Captain Cherie Harris, Kirkland Police Department. The finalists were selected from six candidates who were interviewed by two panels that included key city and police department staff as well as police chiefs from Bothell and Mercer Island.  The final interview process will be held on March 17 and 18 and will include an interview with the City Council, a presentation and question and answer session with a community panel and an interview with the City Manager and Deputy City Managers. 

“We are thrilled to have such high caliber candidates as finalists for the position of Kirkland Police Chief,” said Triplett. “We are confident that by the end of the interview process, our Police Department and the community will be in great hands.”

Rod Covey is the Deputy Chief of the Operations Bureau for the Port of Seattle Police Department.  Previously, he served 32 years with the Arizona Department of Public Safety.  Almost all of his time there was spent in leadership positions including assignments as the Commander of the Arizona Law Enforcement Training Academy, the Chief of Staff for the Director of Public Safety, the Chief of the Highway Patrol, the Assistant Director of Operations and the Assistant Director overseeing the Agency Support Division.  Rod has a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from the University of Phoenix and a Master’s Degree from Northern Arizona University in Educational Leadership.  He is a graduate of the 157th Session of the FBI National Academy and Arizona State University’s Institute for Public Executives.

Brian Harris is a 28-year police veteran and recently retired as an Assistant Chief with the DeKalb County Police Department. DeKalb County includes the eastern part of Metropolitan Atlanta, and has a population of 680,000 and 900 sworn officers. He has worked at all ranks and in all divisions including Uniform Patrol, Criminal Investigation (narcotics, property crimes and robbery-homicide). Brian is a 33-year veteran of the United States Army National Guard, and serves as a Major General, commanding Task Force 51, US Army North. Brian holds a Bachelor’s of Science Degree from Georgia State University, and two Master’s degrees from American Military University and the US Army War College.

Cherie Harris is the Operations Captain for the Kirkland Police Department where she directs and manages all uniformed personnel to include Patrol, the Traffic Unit, K-9, the Special Response Team (SWAT), Crisis Negotiations Team, and Parking Enforcement Officers.  She has served as Acting Chief, Professional Standards Captain, and has held a wide variety of supervisory and command positions throughout her career.  She previously held the position of Deputy Chief in the Monroe Police Department and has over 23 years of law enforcement experience.  Cherie has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences from Washington State University, has attained Executive Level Certification through the Washington Criminal Justice Training Commission, and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia and Northwestern University’s Center for Public Safety School of Police Staff and Command.