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Medford’s next police chief will come from within the ranks

Jamie Lusch / Mail Tribune Scott Clauson, chief of Medford police, holds a press conference.

Medford City Manager Brian Sjothun said Friday that two deputy chiefs in the Medford Police Department have applied to become the city’s next police chief, and one of them will get the job.

Police Chief Scott Clauson announced last month that he will retire at the end of this year after about two years in the position. Clauson, 50, has been with the department for 27 years.

“The application process was opened to internal candidates only in order to determine if there were a sufficient number of qualified applicants. There are two highly qualified applicants, thus I chose not to open the position to outside candidates,” Sjothun explained in a written response to questions posed about the hiring process by the Mail Tribune.

Those candidates are deputy chiefs Justin Ivens and Trevor Arnold.

Each candidate will be interviewed by two groups. One will be composed of department directors of the city, and the other will be Sjothun and two deputy city managers.

Sjothun will conduct follow-up interviews with Ivens and Arnold.

“Based off the feedback from both panels, I will determine who will serve as Medford’s next police chief,” Sjothun stated.

The city charter states that the city manager has hiring authority.