Interviews to Begin Soon for Chief of Police Candidates
Citizens to be Highly Engaged in Process
October 30, 2013
The City of Tallahassee will soon begin interviewing candidates to fill the vacant Chief of Police position with the Tallahassee Police Department. As has been the City's tradition in the past, local citizens will be a part of this process.
"The person who fills this position is first and foremost a public servant at the highest level - entrusted with protecting our community," said City Manager Anita Favors Thompson. "It's important that we get feedback from the community on the individual to best fill this role."
While applications are still being accepted, a screening committee reviewed the initial group of applicants to select candidates for interviews. Once finalized, candidates will be interviewed by two committees - one consisting of Tallahassee Police Department employees and the other consisting of City administrative leaders. Once those two committees have identified the top candidates from the interview process, those candidates will meet with a citizens committee, which will then provide feedback directly to the City Manager.
The 12 people serving on the Citizen Interview Committee are: Mutaqee Akbar, Loranne Ausley, Dr. David Bellamy, Rev. Brant Copeland, Nancy Daniels, Dale Landry, Andrew Mannheimer, Rev. Julius McAllister, Mark Mustian, Leroy Peck, Skip Smith and Brenda Williams.
"The members of the Citizen Interview Committee are a diverse group of individuals who represent our community in this process," said Favors Thompson. "Their feedback on the top candidates will be an important part of my consideration in choosing our next police chief."
Details on the candidates to be interviewed and interview schedules are still being determined, with the goal of conducting interviews in the next two weeks.
Michelle Bono, Assistant to the City Manager, 891-8200