The city of Nevada’s current police chief is one of two finalists for the position of public safety director.

The Nevada City Council heard the recommendations from the Council Search Committee, which is conducting the search for the public safety director, at its regular meeting of the City Council on Sept. 23.

Current police chief, Ricardo (Ric) Martinez II of Nevada, is one of the two finalists. Martinez has 28 years of law enforcement experience, nine of which have been in Nevada as sergeant, and then police chief since 2012. Martinez is currently serving as interim public safety director. Martinez has also served as a field training officer in several disciplines. Martinez has an associate degree in law enforcement from Clinton Community College and a Bachelor of Arts in general social studies from the Franciscan University in Clinton.

Finalist William Wainman is from Gettysburg, S.D., where he serves as chief of police. Wainman has 18 years experience in law enforcement and 10 years of management experience. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Waldorf College in criminal justice, and just began his Master’s of Business degree at Columbia Southern University.

The finalists will be giving individual public presentations at City Hall in the Council Chambers, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., on Tuesday, Oct. 1.

"Each person meeting the candidates will be encouraged to complete a comment card after each presentation, providing feedback to the City Council," stated Mayor Andy Kelly.

"It is important to the mayor and City Council that we provide several opportunities for the community to meet and weigh in on selecting our next public safety director," added City Administrator Elizabeth Hansen.

The City Council will deliberate immediately after three rounds of interviews, a city tour and open public presentations. All groups will provide feedback to the City Council before it deliberates. The city hopes to have the next public safety director on board on or before Nov. 1.