Three finalists have been named for the Town of Marana police chief’s position.

They are Newport Beach, Calif., Police Capt. Dale Johnson, Flagstaff Police Lt. Kenneth Koch, and Tucson Assistant Chief of Police Terry Rozema, the town said in a Nov. 17 news release.

Six chief finalists were in Marana last week, meeting with a “whole gauntlet” of individuals and interest groups, Town Manager Gilbert Davidson told the town council on Tuesday. Davidson himself had one-on-one interviews with the candidates, and department heads spoke with all six as well.

Marana expects to extend a job offer this week. Rodney Campbell, spokesman for the Town of Marana, said staff would meet with the town’s hiring consultant once more, “then we decide who the most qualified person is and make an offer.”

“We have really some great individuals,” Mayor Ed Honea said Tuesday. “Just some phenomenal people applied for this job.”

“This is a strong group of finalists, all of whom have local connections,” Davidson agreed. “We feel confident that one of these candidates will be an outstanding chief.”

Johnson, a graduate of Tucson High School, began his law-enforcement career with the Pima County Sheriffs Department in the mid-1980s. He joined the Newport Beach force in 1987 and was appointed a captain in 2008. He directs the patrol and traffic division, which consists of 115 officers. He has a bachelor’s degree from California State University-Long Beach.

Koch, a graduate of Marana High School, joined the Flagstaff Police Department in 1989. He was promoted to lieutenant in 2006 and has served in patrol, public information and criminal investigations. He was acting deputy police chief for four months in 2007. Koch has a bachelor’s degree from Northern Arizona University, and is pursuing a master’s degree.

Rozema, a Marana resident for more than 20 years, has been with the Tucson Police Department since 1987. He serves as assistant chief over the support services division, which includes SWAT, traffic and communications among its functions. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Calvin (Mich.) College.

Chief Terry Tometich has indicated his plans to retire from the Marana department.

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