Pasadena City Manager Steve Mermell on Friday announced several public meetings as part of the recruitment process for the city’s next police chief.
The public will have a chance to tell officials with the executive search firm Teri Black & Co. LLC, which qualities they want in the next police chief.
Interim Police Chief John Perez told the Pasadena Weekly several weeks ago that he would be applying for the job. Perez replaced former Chief Phillip Sanchez after Sanchez left the department in April.
“Public input is crucial to selecting the best individual to lead the department,” said Mermell in a prepared statement. “I encourage all community stakeholders to attend the upcoming forums and share their thoughts on the characteristics and professional background they feel are most important when selecting a new chief.”
Community forums will take at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 6, in the City Council Chambers at City Hall, 100 N. Garfield Ave. Two additional meetings will take place on Sept. 8. The first will be held at 9:30 a.m. in the Villa-Parke Community Center auditorium, 363 E. Villa St. The second meeting on that day will be held at 11:30 a.m. in the Jackie Robinson Community Center, 1020 N. Fair Oaks Ave.
Applications for the position will be accepted in September. Screenings and interviews are expected to take place in October and November. The interview process will include a community panel in addition to law enforcement professionals and municipal agency administrators.
Activists have called for a transparent process in which the names of finalists are released before a final decision is made.
Teri Black & Company, LLC offers executive search services to throughout the Western United States. Black has nearly 20 years of experience in public sector executive recruitment and network-building, including exceptional depth in local law enforcement.
Anyone who would like to offer input but cannot attend the meetings can do so online at Online comments can be left at cityofpasadena.net/PoliceChiefRecruitment.