LEWISTON — The City of Lewiston has narrowed the search for a new police chief to three candidates. After reviewing and submitting applications through a national search, the three finalists are due for interviews on July 18, 2022.
On that day, there will be three interview panels made up of members of the community, members of Lewiston City Council, members of surrounding police departments, union members and city employees.
Following the interviews, a community meeting will be held at the Lewiston Community Center (1424 Main Street) from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
All citizens interested in meeting the candidates are encouraged to attend the Meet and Greet, which will be a relatively informal process allowing community members to come and go as they please. Comment cards will be available and light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be offered.
The names, biographies and photos of the three contestants can be found below.
Mark Goodman has worked for the City of Pasadena (CA) Police Department for 28 years. He was born and raised in a small suburb outside of Los Angeles and joined the police department as an officer in 1994. Mark has held positions of progressive responsibility throughout his career, including corporal, sergeant, lieutenant and commander. In May 2022, Mark was named Acting Deputy Chief of the Police Department. In this role, he is responsible for all department operations, leading the department’s 375 employees and managing the department’s approximately $92 million budget.
Acting Deputy Chief Goodman holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership. He is also a graduate of California POST Command College and is expected to graduate as a Session 283 member of the FBI National Academy in September 2022. Mark has been married for nearly 27 years and has three adult daughters.
Jeff Klone has worked for the Lewiston Police Department for 16 years. He is currently a captain, overseeing investigations and support services, including code enforcement, the school resource officer program, and the COPS Downtown program. He has been married to his wife Amanda for 13 years and they have a two-year-old son. He started his career as a police officer in Aurora, Colorado in 1996. He was tired of the big city and wanted a change. He was hired by the Lewiston Police Department in 2006 as a side cop. He worked at all ranks of the department, including corporal, sergeant, lieutenant and now captain. He earned a Masters in Criminal Justice: Public Administration in 2016. He enjoys the community involvement part of his job the most. He worked or supervised every section of the Lewiston Police Department. He enjoys living in the area as he enjoys being outdoors in his spare time.
Jason Kuzik is a 25-year-old law enforcement professional with the Henderson Police Department (HPD) in Southern Nevada. He enjoyed a variety of patrol, field training officer (FTO), criminal investigation, federal task force detective, SWAT, and crisis negotiation assignments prior to his promotion to the supervisory ranks which started in 2011. Currently he is a Patrol Captain. at North Area Command (HPD has three commands with a fourth to open in March 2023) which encompasses 20.7 square miles and serves a population of 101,976. He manages the day-to-day activities of three lieutenants, six sergeants, sixty-three officers and one unsworn employee. He has taught several courses over the years at the HPD Police Academy, including Financial Crimes, SARA Projects, Geographic Policing, and Liability. He was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, and earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal justice from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has been married to his wife Sandy for 23 years and they have a son who is in college. He enjoys the outdoors, travel, reading, live music, and watching college sports.