Richmond police Chief Chris Magnus named finalist for top cop job in Tucson, Ariz.

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Richmond police Chief Chris Magnus is a candidate to take over as top cop in Tucson, Ari., according to the Arizona Daily Star.

He is one of four finalists who are scheduled to interview with Tucson’s police advisory meeting Oct. 29, according to the newspaper.

Magnus, who confirmed to the Contra Costa Times that he was recruited for, and is interested in, the new challenge, is competing for the role of Tucson police chief against Malik Aziz, deputy chief of the Dallas Police Department; Larry B. Esquivel, chief of police of the San Jose Police Department; and Rick S. Gregory, vice president and senior research associate at the Institute for Intergovernmental Research in Tallahassee, Fla.

The candidate will replace Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villa Villaseñor, who is set to retire in December after 35 years with the department.

Magnus headed the police department of Fargo, N.D., from 1999 to 2006 before coming to the Richmond Police Department, where he has drawn national praise for implementing community policing and officer training procedures that have been credited with significantly reducing crime in the city.

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