Jason Edmiston is the chief of the Hermiston Police Department following his appointment by City Manager Ed Brookshier Monday night.

“I’m really excited,” Edmiston said. “I’m excited for some finality for the department. Now we can continue moving forward and really take an evaluation of what’s been working well over the past seven months.”

Edmiston served as the acting police chief from August 2011 after former Chief Dan Coulombe was placed on administrative leave pending a review of Coulombe’s management practices.

The Hermiston Police Association informed city council of a 90-percent vote of no confidence in Coulombe and demanded an investigation. Former Astoria Police Chief Ron Louie reviewed the department and confirmed the association’s complaints. Coulombe subsequently resigned, then retired in February.

The decision to appoint Edmiston has been in the works since March 12 when Brookshier recommended appointing Edmiston without a further search and hiring a third-party consultant to evaluate him as a candidate. The evaluation cost $9,157 and was conducted by Greg Willeford, a consultant and retired from a nearly 30-year career with the Oregon State Police. Willeford’s report said Edmiston is the right candidate at the right time for the job and an outside search was neither necessary nor beneficial.

“Jason and I have been working on the recommendations for his continued development as chief of the department and organizational development for the department as a whole,” Brookshier said.

Many of Willeford’s recommendations included maintaining lines of communication between Edmiston and Brookshier, outlining specific goals for the department and continuing Edmiston’s education.

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