The Sunriver Service District didn’t have to look too far to fill the city’s police and fire chief positions.

The district board approved employment contracts Tuesday for former Redmond Fire Chief Tim Moor and former Bend Police Capt. Cory Darling, who recently served as the interim Sunriver police chief.

Darling is scheduled to start as Sunriver police chief July 1. Moor will start as Sunriver fire chief July 16.

Both will earn an annual salary of $109,100.

They were finalists for the positions and went through three separate interviews and a meet-and-greet with Sunriver residents.

Moor worked full time with Redmond Fire & Rescue since 1992, but first joined the department as a volunteer in 1981.

He served as fire chief in Redmond since 2007, when he was promoted within the department from his position as division chief. He replaces Art Hatch, who retired as Sunriver fire chief in August.

Moor, who grew up in Redmond, said he has felt connected to the Sunriver community since he helped build the roads and bike trails as a young man working for his family’s old construction business, Babler Brothers Inc.

“It’s near and dear to my heart,” Moor said.

Darling worked with Bend Police since 1990. He held multiple positions in Bend, including his recent role as the support services division commander.

Darling previously served as a patrol team supervisor, narcotics investigator, SWAT team member and leader, patrol officer, traffic team officer and commander of the patrol division.

In December, Darling was appointed to serve as interim Sunriver police chief during investigations that led to the resignation of then-Chief Marc Mills in February.

Mills was placed on paid administrative leave Dec. 3, pending an internal investigation by the Sunriver Service District and an Oregon Department of Justice criminal investigation.

The investigations found Mills had struck one of his sergeants in the chest with a Citizens Patrol sign while on duty.

The physical altercation Dec. 1 was witnessed by Sunriver Police staff.

Mills was sentenced in March and ordered to pay a $100 fine after he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of harassment.

The Sunriver Service District Board will host a swearing-in ceremony and reception for Darling and Moor at the start of its next meeting, 3 p.m. July 19 at the Sunriver Fire Station.

— Reporter: 541-617-7820, kspurr@bendbulletin.com

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