TALENT — Former Medford police officers continued their march into the town’s chief of police position with the selection of Tim Doney to replace Curtis Whipple, who is retiring.
Doney served with the Medford department from 1988 to 2013 before moving to other positions. Whipple became Talent’s chief in April 2016 after retiring from the Medford force in 2015. Mike Moran, who was chief from 2008 to 2016, was also a veteran of the Medford Police Department, where he served for 29 years.
A selection committee composed of Whipple, Talent Police Lt. Jennifer Snook, Ashland Police Chief Tighe O’Meara, Jackson County Sheriff Nathan Sickler, Deputy District Attorney Jeremy Markiewicz and interim City Manager Ryan Martin selected Doney, Martin said. Mayor Darby Ayers-Flood said the selection was left up to the committee, which was headed by Martin.
“I’m looking forward to assimilating into the community and to knowing what they expect from their police department and what the council expects,” said Doney. “I think there’s probably more opportunities in a smaller town to really affect the livability for citizens.”
Whipple became Talent’s chief in April 2016 after 20 years with the Medford department, which he joined in 1996. He previously served in Rogue River and Central Point. His last day will be June 14.
Doney will have an annual salary of $94,322 and will begin working for the city June 1. Doney was chief of police in Springfield from December 2013 until he retired in July 2016. He then served for 11 months as a program coordinator for the Oregon/Idaho High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, a federal grant program that provides assistance to law enforcement agencies operating in areas determined to be critical drug-trafficking regions.
Doney was a deputy chief in Medford from July 2011 until he took the Springfield position. He joined the Medford department in June 1988 and served as a patrol officer, detective, sergeant and lieutenant.
Doney also was commander of the Medford Area Drug and Gang Enforcement task force from 2009 to 2011 and previously served as the department’s public information officer.
Talent’s top post, city manager, will also undergo changes in personnel.
Martin will become Medford’s chief financial officer/assistant city manager June 18. He had been appointed interim manager in Talent during November when City Manager Tom Corrigan was placed on leave. Corrigan was later terminated. Martin has served as Talent’s financial director since 2016 and had been an accountant with Ashland’s finance department for five years previously.
“He’s moving to his dream job,” said Ayers-Flood. “He told me many month ago he always wanted to become a financial director for a large city. I’m very happy for him.”
Another interim director will be hired until the manager position can be filled on a permanent basis, said Ayers-Flood.
“There are several local professionals that we are talking to. We are very encouraged with our options,” said Ayers-Flood. “We feel a high level of confidence about that.”
An advertisement for the permanent position is expected to go out by the end of the month, and applications will be accepted for 30 days, said Ayers-Flood.
Rogue Valley Council of Governments has assisted the city with the search, and Ayers-Flood will recommend their services be retained for the rest of the selection process. The working group for the selection process includes Ayers-Flood and city councilors Emily Berlant, Stephanie Dolan and Daria Land.
Tony Boom is an Ashland freelance writer. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.