Springfield hires Doney of Medford as new police chief

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. - A veteran of the Medford police force will serve as the City of Springfield's next chief of police.

Tim Doney, 47, was chosen from a pool of 50 applicants.

The 4 finalists included Lane County District Attorney Alex Gardner.

Doney is expected to start December 18.

Doney has served on the Medford Police Department for more than 25 years.

Doney's experience includes direct responsibility for a staff of 121 and a budget of $15 million. In comparison, the Springfield Police Chief oversees 123 employees and a total adopted budget of $19.7 million.

"Tim Doney possesses the character, integrity, creativity and dedication that are the cornerstone of what we expect in Springfield," said City Manager Gino Grimaldi. "I have full confidence that he will lead our department into the future as we face challenges and opportunities moving forward."

"I look forward to serving the City of Springfield and leading the men and women of the Springfield Police Department who work diligently to protect all citizens on a daily basics," Doney said. "I am honored by my selection and look forward to becoming part of a community and department; both of which impressed me greatly during the selection process with their enthusiasm and pride."

Tim Doney holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Corban University in Salem, Oregon. He attended the FBI National Academy in 2008 and has more than 4,000 hours in the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.