The quest for SJPD Chief Rob Davis’s replacement kicks off tonight with the city’s first community outreach meeting.
Taking place at the Roosevelt Community Center, the event aims to have citizens weigh in on the type of person they think should be hired to lead San Jose’s Police Department. After tonight’s 6pm meeting, there will be four other opportunities for community engagement through Sept. 2.
“This is one of the most important positions in the city,” City Manager Deb Figone said when announcing the event at today’s city council meeting. “The information we gather at these meetings will help define the characteristics that we are looking for in our next police chief.”
Davis announced his retirement from the top-cop position late last month, after 30 years of service with the department. Davis, who was appointed to the job in 2004, had a controversial tenure marked by community-police trust issues.
Up for comment at tonight’s event will be the type of experience, track record and skills people think San Jose’s new chief should have. There will also be discussion on what the public thinks the most pressing law enforcement issues are.
Figone says she is doing everything possible to “maximize stakeholder input,” including doing outreach to labor, city staff and targeted communities in three languages.
“This recruitment process…is a high priority for me personally and my staff,” Figone wrote in an Aug. 6 memo. “A clear and confidential process that is void of inappropriate influence needs to be preserved to ensure that the best and brightest candidates (be they internal or external) emerge.”
The recruitment is being lead by Teri Black & Company, the Los Angeles based-executive search service behind the city’s recent appointment of a new fire chief, William L. McDonald of Arizona.
After eligible candidates for Davis’s job are identified, the city plans to conduct interviews in November. Final selection and appointment of a new Chief is expected by the end of this year.
There will be four more community outreach meetings:
• Aug. 25, 6pm, Franklin McKinley School District Offices
• Aug. 30, 6pm, City Hall Committee Rooms
• Sept. 1, 6pm, West Valley Library
• Sept. 2, 6pm, Eastside Union High School District Offices