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Chief Groth says he will stay in Sherwood

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The city of Tigard has pared down its list of six potential police chief candidates to two

Sherwood Police Chief Jeff Groth plans on staying in Sherwood.

Groth announced on Jan. 31 on the Sherwood Police Department's Nextdoor website that he would continue in his role as police chief in Sherwood, later confirming that he received a phone call the day before saying the short list for Tigard's next police chief had been narrowed to two candidates.

Groth was initially on a list of six finalists hoping to become Tigard's next police chief.

On Jan. 26, he and the five other candidates met with the public in Tigard. "Sherwood is a tremendous community … very happy there," he told The Times newspaper at the time, explaining why he applied for the position in his neighboring city. "But Tigard offers an opportunity. You know, it's a little bit bigger, it's a strong police department. … It's just a great opportunity for me at this point in my career to move into this position here in Tigard."

Groth, who previously served for 18 years with the Tualatin Police Department, has been Sherwood's chief since 2008.

"I want to reiterate what I said throughout the process, I am thrilled to be here and consider it an honor to lead your police department, and to work in such an amazing community," Groth wrote on the Nextdoor page. "I am very thankful it worked out the way it did; this is where I belong." 

While supportive of Groth applying for a job he wanted, Sherwood City Manager Joe Gall said he's glad the chief will be staying in Sherwood.

"Their loss is our gain," he said.