QUINCY — A police lieutenant from Portland, Ore., who specializes in youth crime and gang-resistance training will likely be Quincy’s next top cop.
Mayor Jim Hemberry announced last week that a conditional offer of employment has been presented to Lt. Robert Heimbach of the Portland’s Police Bureau. Heimbach was one of three candidates participating in recent City Council interviews and community meet-and-greet sessions.
Heimbach, who’s served 25 years as a law officer, must now undergo a background investigation and
is expected to take office around Dec. 1.
Hemberry fired former police chief Richard Ackerman in May following a council vote of no confidence and residents’ complaints of department mismanagement, a lack of police officers and slowness in investigating some crimes.
Greg Meinzer, a former Chelan County undersheriff and security supervisor at Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee, has served as interim chief.
Heimbach has extensive law enforcement experience, said the mayor, including patrol, investigations, training and administration. Currently, he’s a lieutenant with the Portland Police Bureau in charge of Youth Crime Prevention and Gang Resistance Education and Training programs.
“His experience and background make him an ideal choice for the position of Chief of Police,” said Hemberry. “His experience working with youth is a tremendous asset, and his support of community-oriented policing and (police) visibility aligns with our philosophy to improve the relationship between the police department and the community.”