Mayor names Lincoln Police Chief finalists

Lincoln Police Chief Finalists (left to right): Darryl McSwain, Teresa Ewins, Ramon Batista,...
Lincoln Police Chief Finalists (left to right): Darryl McSwain, Teresa Ewins, Ramon Batista, Genelle Moore(Lincoln Police)
Published: Jun. 3, 2021 at 2:13 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 2:21 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird announced the names of four finalist candidates for Lincoln’s next Chief of Police. The public will have the opportunity to hear presentations from the candidates at evening forums during the week of June 21.

“I am thrilled with the expertise, skills and experience demonstrated by our finalists,” said Mayor Gaylor Baird. “The qualities identified by the community during our public engagement process this spring are evident in each one of them. They all expressed a commitment to the priorities of community policing, support for our department officers and staff, a focus on diversity and equity, and an unwavering dedication to transparency and accountability.”

The four finalists are:

  • Ramon Batista, former Police Chief of Mesa, Arizona
  • Teresa Ewins, a Commander with the San Francisco, California Police Department
  • Darryl McSwain, the Chief of Police for the Maryland-National Capital Park Police-Montgomery County Division
  • Genelle Moore, a Background Investigator and Human Resources Specialist for Lincoln Public Schools and retired Captain with the Lincoln Police Department

The public forums will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Auld Recreation Center, 1650 Memorial Drive in Antelope Park, and more details will be announced soon. The presentations will be recorded, and residents can view them at the LNKTV YouTube channel. The Mayor encourages residents who want to provide feedback on the candidates to submit their comments by June 28 to or by calling 402-441-7511.

A panel of community members interviewed the eight candidates last week. Based on the feedback from the committee, the Mayor extended invitations to the four finalists to participate in the final selection process. Once that process is completed, the Mayor will select the next Lincoln Police Chief, and her nomination is then subject to approval by the City Council.

Members of the Search Committee included:

  • Bob Caldwell, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, NEBCO, Inc.
  • Tracy Corr, Chairperson, Mayor’s Neighborhood Roundtable
  • Marty Fehringer, former LPD Captain, Assistant Chief of UNL Police
  • Romeo Guerra, Executive Director, El Centro de las Americas
  • Pastor John Leonard Harris, M.Ed., Founder and President, Encouragement Unlimited, Incorporated
  • Dr. Ed Mlinek, Emergency Medicine Specialist, Bryan Health
  • Chief Gordon Ramsay, Wichita (KS) Police Department
  • Phil Tegeler, retired, Former Executive Director, The Bridge Behavioral Health
  • Dr. Colette Yellow Robe, Academic Retention Specialist, UNL

Additional staff participation included the Mayor’s Chief of Staff, Jennifer Brinkman; City Attorney Yohance Christie; the Director of the City-County Human Resources Department, Doug McDaniel, and Chassidy Jackson-Goodwin, former LPD officer, Senior Investigator, Lincoln Commission on Human Rights.

More information on the search process is available at

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