Finalists named in search for new Cambridge Police chief

The city of Cambridge has narrowed down its top five applicants in its search for a new police chief.

The top five finalists for the Cambridge police chief position include two Cambridge Police sergeants, Sgts. Todd Schuster and Shawn Machin.

Other finalists include Ron Nelson, captain with the Centennial Lakes Police Department; Tim Dwyer, captain with the Ramsey Police Department, and Timothy Ryan, of Boston, who most recently served as chief of police with the Box Elder Police Department in South Dakota.

City Administrator Lynda Woulfe said the city received 17 applications for the position.

The interviewing team will be meeting with the five finalists on Monday, March 18, with a recommendation to be given to the city council that evening at its regular city council meeting.

The position is open due to the retirement of Dave Pajnic, who retired Feb. 8, after serving as police chief since 2006.

Sgts. Schuster and Machin have been filling the role of police chief in the interim.