APD may soon have a new chief on Wednesday

It appears the wait for a new Aberdeen Police Department chief is nearing its end as a familiar face may take over soon.

Dale Green, who is currently the interim police chief for Aberdeen Police Department, took the baton from then-Aberdeen Police Chief Steve Shumate on June 30, when Shumate retired. Before Shumate retired, Green held the title of police commander.

Green said Mayor Pete Schave made a recommendation recently that Green take the role of chief of police on a “permanent status.”

With that recommendation, the next step is an Aberdeen City Council vote on the issue. On the city council’s agenda for tonight, the vote on Green is listed as a “special agenda item.” If the vote passes, Green’s interim tag would be removed and he would become APD’s new chief as of Saturday, Oct. 1.

Green has served APD since 1993, when he was a police explorer. He was hired as a police officer in 1997. Through the past 25 years, his work includes being a K9 handler with his partner Aron, a field training officer and a member of the Crisis Response Unit and Force Training Unit, according to The Daily World.

Green’s potential promotion already has some popularity across the Harbor. Hoquiam Police Department Lt. Brian Dayton sounded enthusiastic for Green and the possible promotion.

“Interim Chief Green is going to be a great replacement for (retired) Chief Shumate,” Dayton said. “Interim Chief Green came up through APD starting as a police explorer.”

Dayton continued in his clear support of Green with further remarks.

“(Green) is very intelligent and not one to make a decision based on emotions,” Dayton said. “He is thorough in his duties and is committed to improving the reputation Aberdeen has, and making it a community where the citizens feel safe. He is a man of integrity and will serve the citizens of Aberdeen well.”