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Search is on for New Capitol Police Chief

Dine will remain Capitol Police chief at least through February. (Photo by Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Dine will remain Capitol Police chief at least through February. (Photo by Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ten months after the Capitol Police chief submitted his resignation, the Capitol Police Board is preparing to interview candidates on Monday to find a replacement.

As many as 10 candidates from within the department and elsewhere are being considered, while current Chief Kim C. Dine is expected to stay on the job until his replacement is appointed, according to the board. That could come as soon as the end of February.  

“Until the board has had the opportunity to complete this important selection process, we have requested Chief Dine to delay his retirement and continue in his role as chief of police until a successor can assume this critical position,” the three-member panel said in a written statement. “The board believes that the continuity during this short period of time is best for the department and will make for a smooth transition to the next chief.”  

The board includes the House and Senate sergeant-at-arms and the architect of the Capitol.  

Dine submitted a resignation letter in April following months of turmoil that included a botched response to car chase near the Capitol on the night of the 2015 State of the Union and disagreements among rank-and-file officers about police policy.  

In August, Dine told his employees he intended to stay on until January 2016, guiding the department through major security events such as a visit from Pope Francis in September and this month’s State of the Union.  

The board statement said a lengthy search process has kept them from appointing a successor yet.
Dine, who served as chief of Capitol Police since December 2012, will officially retire from the department. He had been in law enforcement for 37 years prior to his appointment. His future plans are unknown.  

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