Sergeant Kelby McCrae has been appointed Public Safety Director (Police Chief) effective August 1, 2018, upon the retirement of current Public Safety Director Chris Wallace.
The Brookings Municipal Code (Section 2.30.020) provides that the City Manager has the authority to appoint the Chief of Police with the confirmation of the City Council. City Manager Janell Howard has appointed McCrae to the position effective August 1, 2018, subject to confirmation by the City Council. Council consent will be sought at the City Council meeting on July 23, 2018.
We determined to undertake an internal promotion process to fill the vacancy. One application was received, that being from Sergeant Kelby McCrae.
The current and prior City Managers interviewed McCrae and were very impressed by both his interview performance and his application package.
McCrae has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Eastern Oregon University and an Oregon teaching credential. He is scheduled to complete his Master of Science in Justice Administration and Crime Management in August 2018. He has a Supervisor Certificate issued by the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training.
McCrae has served with the Brookings Police Department for 15 years, serving as Sergeant for the last eight years. He served with the Oregon Army National Guard for 22 years, including several overseas deployments, before retiring in 2013 at the rank of Major. Prior to his employment with the City, McCrae served as a teacher at Kalmiopsis Elementary School for four years.
The Public Safety Director is the chief administrative officer for both the Police and Fire Departments, and serves as the Chief of Police.