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City has interim chief candidates, but names being withheld for now

Acting Tacoma City Manager Jim Walton expects to speak with "about three" potential candidates for interim chief of police over the next week or so, but he declined to divulge Tuesday who they are.

"It's tough enough to keep their interest" without giving out their names, he said of candidates to temporarily lead a department still reeling from the suicide of Chief David Brame, who also killed his wife, Crystal.

Walton said he's chatting with the possible candidates first to gauge their interest and may set up more formal telephone interviews next week.

The city hasn't advertised for the position. The potential candidates, all from out of state, came through networking with various sources, Walton said.

There's no plan yet to begin a search for a permanent chief.

Tacoma's police force has been without a chief since Brame's April 26 death.

Catherine Woodard, one of Brame's assistants, was appointed acting chief in the hours following the shootings, but later was relieved of her duties and placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation likely based on her actions related to Brame and his contentious divorce.

Don Ramsdell, another of Brame's assistants, is now acting chief.

Walton said he'd like to find an interim chief quickly, but that person might be difficult to recruit. He or she must be qualified for the job, have no ties to the Tacoma department and not be interested in the permanent position.

Kris Sherman: 253-597-8659