Woodland-area residents can meet the finalists for the Woodland Police Chief position at an open house that’s planned for this evening, including one man who is apparently looking for a return to Cowlitz County. Vern Thompson was with the Kelso Police Department, rising to the rank of Captain before taking a job as the Chief of Police for Eagle Point, Oregon in 2010. Other finalists include Steven Annets, who most recently served as the Douglas, Wyoming, Police Chief, Alan May of Florida, who works for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office as a lieutenant and watch commander, and Thomas Navin, who was Chief of the Nevada Capitol Police until March of last year. This evening’s “meet and greet” is scheduled to run from 6 to 7:30 pm in the Woodland City Council chambers. Mayor Grover Laseke says that he hopes to hire an new Chief by the middle of next month; the appointee will succeed Rob Stephenson, who is retiring from the position.