PIEDMONT -- The Piedmont City Council has selected San Jose Assistant Chief Richelle "Rikki" Goede as its new police chief, the city announced Tuesday afternoon.
Goede was unanimously chosen by the City Council from a field of 51 candidates. The council held a lengthy closed session a few weeks ago to interview finalists for the position. Goede's appointment will be made formal at the Jan. 7 council meeting.
"I am honored to have been selected as Piedmont's chief of police," Goede said. "Piedmont is a wonderful community with an excellent police department and I am very excited to be able to serve the city."
Goede, who currently serves as assistant chief of police in San Jose, began her career as a police officer and sergeant with the city of San Diego, where she worked for 10 years. For the past 16 years, Goede has worked in San Jose, beginning as an officer and working her way up to the position of assistant chief.
In her long career in law enforcement, Goede has worked in virtually all areas of police activities, including patrol, field training, crime prevention, internal affairs, robbery, gang investigations, and a variety of command assignments.
"We are pleased that the recruitment process developed such qualified candidates, in particular Assistant Chief Goede," said Piedmont Mayor John Chiang.
"Each of the finalists was well-qualified to serve as Piedmont's chief of police," said City Administrator Geoff Grote. "Piedmont would have been well-served with each of them. However, Assistant Chief Goede distinguished herself among this outstanding group."
The appointment follows interviews of candidates by a council committee, a panel of residents, and the City Council.
Capt. Scott Wyatt has been serving as interim chief since Chief John Hunt retired in June.