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On Friday, one more of the original 62 candidates to be Hillsboro’s police chief was advised he was no longer in the running for the job.

David Kirby, undersheriff for the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, found out he had been dropped Friday afternoon when he received a telephone call from Hillsboro City Manager Michael Brown.

“He told me this afternoon that he chose to move forward with the other two candidates,” Kirby said. “It was a surprise. I certainly wanted to get back into the community and make an impact. But he has to be comfortable with who he chooses. It felt like a good fit to me. I’m familiar with the community and organization, but at the same time, I certainly respect where he’s (Brown) coming from.”

Kirby said he got the call at around 2:30 Friday, and although he was disappointed, he said he would be glad to carry on with his work for the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office.

“I’ll continue to put my nose to the grindstone and work hard for Sheriff (Craig) Roberts and do good work out here,” Kirby said.

All three finalists to be Hillsboro’s new police chief turned out for a Wednesday evening open house that drew about 50 citizens. The open house was intended to be one of the final hurdles in a lengthy process that started with 62 applicants for the position.

The pool of potential candidates had been pared to three Nov. 8.

The two-hour open house at the Hillsboro Main Library was presented as a chance for the three men — Kirby, Lee Dobrowolski and Brian Martinek — to meet with the public and give local citizens an opportunity to get to know the finalists. After the open house, the three finalists were told the next step would be having formal background checks done.

Two candidates now remain. Martinek currently serves as executive director of the Northwest Regional Re-Entry Center of the Portland Police Bureau. He has served in law enforcement since 1989 when he was hired as a deputy for the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office.

Dobrowolski serves as the deputy chief of the Salt Lake City Police Department. He began his law enforcement career with the SLCPD in 1991, and for more than two decades has served in a variety of important roles with the department.

A spokesman for the city of Hillsboro said the background checks typically take about two weeks to complete.

Despite not being selected, Kirby said he appreciated the process and especially enjoyed Wednesday’s open house at the library.

“It was a good experience,” Kirby said. “I was very impressed. The questions from the public were mainly personal; they wanted to know what my law enforcement background was, for example. It was just casual conversation. It was a ‘nice to get to know you’ type of thing.”

Kirby said he hopes the Hillsboro Police Department gets an effective police chief in place soon.

“I hope they get the right person for that organization, because I respect the heck out of the department. They deserve somebody good,” Kirby said.

Even with the selection process now down to two men, on Friday afternoon Brown said the timetable to make a final decision has not changed.

“Our goal remains to have the right person in place by early next year,” Brown said.

The city has been engaged in a search for a new police chief for more than nine months. The previous chief, Carey Sullivan, resigned effective March 9, 2013.

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