New Police Chief Selected

After an extensive nationwide search, the City of The Dalles has received an accepted job offer for the position of Police Chief.  The City is pleased with the responses that we received from many highly qualified candidates.  The police chief selection panel include Mayor Rich Mays, local business owner Jorge Barragan, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Lisa Farquharson, former Chief of Police Jay Waterbury, Human Resources Director Daniel Hunter and City Manager Julie Krueger.  Following interviews, the panel unanimously agreed on the top choice, Thomas Worthy.

Tom has over 27 years of law enforcement experience in Oregon.  Most recently he served as a Major with Oregon State Police overseeing the Public Safety Services Bureau.  Tom is completing his Master’s degree in Law Enforcement Public Safety Leadership from the University of San Diego and will complete his coursework prior to arriving for his new role.  He holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Criminal Justice from Washington State University and previously studied at Eastern Oregon University.  Tom holds an executive management certification from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. 

Tom is married with three children, two in college one in high school.  He is busy working on relocating to The Dalles now.  His first day as our new Chief of Police will be April 26, 2021.  This will allow a few days of overlap with Chief Ashmore.  In that time Chief Ashmore will complete a thorough orientation and introduce Chief Worthy to the Department and key community stakeholders. 

Tom said “I am honored to be selected as the next Chief of The Dalles Police Department.  I am eager to get to The Dalles and begin to form the relationships and connections that will continue to improve the professional service that we provide, and that the community rightfully expects”. 

We hope you will all join us in welcoming Tom to the community.