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Part 1 of a series of interviews with the chiefs of police: Kathy McAlpine of Tigard, Jim Monger of Beaverton and Bill Steele of Tualatin.

TIMES PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Three chiefs, from left: Bill Steele of Tualatin, Jim Monger of Beaverton, and Kathy McAlpine of Tigard. Urban police chiefs throughout the nation tend to come and go as the political winds shift from city hall. But not so suburban chiefs, who often stay in their jobs for decades.

So it was interesting to note that all three cities along Washington County's eastern edge changed chiefs of police in less than a year: The City of Tualatin named Bill Steele as chief in June 2016. Beaverton promoted Jim Monger to the top job in January. And in March, Tigard lured Kathy McAlpine away from the Tacoma, Wash., police department.

The Times sat down with all three chiefs recently to discuss their jobs and their communities (See story, Page A1). We've broken the interview down into four parts for print, with the transcripts of each section online.



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