POLL: Lincoln Police Chief candidates speak on major issues

As the search for Lincoln's next Police Chief gets closer to the end, public forums were held every day this week allowing the public to meet each candidate.
Finalists

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — As the search for Lincoln’s next Police Chief gets closer to the end, public forums were held every day this week allowing the public to meet each candidate.

The top four candidates include Genelle Moore, Teresa Ewins, Darryl McSwain, and Ramon Batista.

In addition to other political issues, all four Police Chief candidates spoke about bodycam footage and mental health liaisons.

We recapped each forum every day this week, and here’s what the candidates had to say:


MONDAY: Genelle Moore

Short Background:

  • Moore grew up in a military household
  • She originally wanted to be a middle school P.E. teacher
  • In 1982, she joined the Lincoln Police Department (LPD) as the first woman of color and served a total of 34 years.
  • Moore currently serves on several city committees, like the Boards Committee with the Lincoln Regional Center and the Stakeholders Board for Lincoln Fire and Rescue
  • She was a Police Chief Finalists in 2016

View Moore’s full bio here.


TUESDAY: Teresa Ewins

Short Background:

  • Ewins was born and raised in California
  • She has grown up with a learning disability and loves to play soccer
  • She joined the police force with she was 30-years-old and is a 26-year veteran
  • Ewins is currently a commander and the highest-ranking LGBT officer with the San Francisco police.
  • She places an emphasis on mental health and investing in the community, especially by being involved with the school system

View Ewin’s full bio here.


WEDNESDAY: Darryl McSwain

Short Background:

  • McSwain grew up in Washington, D.C. area
  • public safety for 33, 18 in command staff.. currently in park police… spent 30 years with the county police.. retired as assistant chief
  • In 2018, McSwain was appointed as the Chief of Police for the Maryland-National Capital Park Police
  • He’s served 33 years in public safety

View McSwain’s full bio here.


THURSDAY: Ramon Batista

Short Background:

  • Batista began working in law enforcement in 1986
  • He became the Mesa, AZ Chief of Police in 2017
  • He is an advocate for mental health within the department
  • In 2020, he co-authored “Do No Harm.”

View Batista’s full bio here.

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