County Announces Police Chief Candidate Names, Sets Public Meet/Greet Reception

LAPD News:

Members of the public are invited to a reception Thursday, Sept. 12 to meet the top five candidates for Los Alamos County Police Chief.

The reception is 6-7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers inside the new Municipal Building, 1,000 Central Ave. Refreshments will be served. Candidates will be available 6-6:30 p.m. to visit informally with attendees. At approximately 6:30 p.m., each of the candidates will be asked to make brief remarks about their background, experience and why they believe they are the best candidate for the job.

At the close of the reception, members of the public are invited to leave written comments. Additionally, they can email their comments overnight to the County Administrator at or drop them off by close of business Sept. 13 at the County Administrator’s office, Suite 350, in the Municipal Building.

The candidates being considered for Police Chief are (in last name alphabetical order):

  • Roy Melnick;
  • Donnie Perry;
  • Bill Press;
  • Dino Sgambellone; and
  • Philip Smith

The five candidates will be in Los Alamos Sept. 12 and 13. Rather than establish a separate interview panel with only a few selected police officers, all of the officers in the Los Alamos Police Department will have the opportunity to be directly involved in the interview process when candidates arrive Sept. 12. Each candidate will take an informal tour of the police department and multiple County facilities throughout Los Alamos and White Rock, led by retired Police Chief Wayne Torpy, followed by a private afternoon reception that is being hosted for the Police Officers.

The LAPD reception will be similar in format to the public reception, with time set aside for the officers to ask questions of the candidates. The officers will then be invited to submit their comments on their top choice to the County Administrator. On Friday, Sept. 13, the County Administrator has set up three different panels – senior management, executive administration and community members – who will conduct all day interviews with the finalists.

It’s expected that the County Administrator will extend an offer to the successful candidate before the end of September.

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