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Hillsboro names police chief

by: COURTESY PHOTO - New Hillsoro Police Chief Lee Dobrowolski Lee Dobrowolski has been hired to be the Hillsboro Police Department’s new police chief.

Dobrowolski, who has served with the Salt Lake City Police Department for the past 22 years and is currently Salt Lake City’s deputy chief, will take over in Hillsboro on Feb. 3.

Dobrowolski said he was informed of his selection in a Saturday evening telephone call from Hillsboro City Manager Michael Brown.

“It was a great conversation,” Dobrowolski said. “I’m excited to begin. I’ve received emails already from some of the employees congratulating me. It’s a great feeling. I think I made a connection with them, and they made a connection with me.”

Brown said he felt very good about the hiring of Dobrowolski and the process that brought him to the decision.

“Lee consistently demonstrated that he has the desired characteristics identified by police department employees, city leadership and the community for our police chief,” Brown wrote in an email to city employees. “Lee has the requisite competency, character and personality to effectively serve our employees and our community.”

Dobrowolski said he was looking forward to getting started.

“My first order of business will be to meet with the staff,” he said. “It will probably take me a couple weeks to meet everybody, take time to find out what’s on their minds and let them hear what’s important to me.”

Lt. Mike Rouches, spokesman for the Hillsboro Police Department, said there is a lot of optimism about Dobrowolski’s hiring.

“The department is very pleased with Michael Brown’s selection of our new chief,” Rouches said Monday afternoon. “The field of candidates was full of strong choices, and we all look forward to serving with Chief Dobrowolski. His commitment to community policing is clear, and his connection to the public and the department will serve the city well. He was a great choice and should be a good fit.”

Dobrowolski said that for the time being, his family will not be able to join him in Hillsboro.

“My son Andrew is a senior in high school, and it would be unfair to have to move him right now, so my wife Susan and my son will stay in Utah until the end of the school year,” he explained. “For now, I’ll find an apartment, and I can dedicate myself to getting to know all the employees and stakeholders.”

With his upcoming move to Oregon, Dobrowolski joked that there will apparently be a period of adjustment with his family.

“My daughter Jillian is graduating from the University of Utah in May, and she has told me I’m not allowed to be a Beavers fan,” he laughed.

The process that led to Dobrowolski’s hiring began soon after the March 9 resignation of Hillsboro’s former police chief, Carey Sullivan.



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