SALEM – The city has a new police chief in December – Trevor Womack of Stockton.

Salem City Manager Steve Powers announced his choice in a news release Saturday, just hours after Womack and another finalist answered community questions about becoming the chief.

Womack is deputy police chief in Stockton, California. He will start in Salem on Dec. 7.

“I offered the job to Mr. Womack because of his experience leading a police department comparable in size to Salem, his specific vision for engaging with all communities in Salem, his passion for service, and his strong desire to be here,” Powers said in a statement. He said Womack “brings experience in building and maintaining public trust and police legitimacy in the 21st century.“ Powers said.

The other finalist was Malik Aziz, a major at the Dallas Police Department since December 2017. He’s been with the department since 1992.

Womack replaces Jerry Moore, who is retiring.

This story will be updated.

Trevor Womack is a candidate for Salem police chief. (Courtesy/city of Salem)

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