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SUBJECT: Mayor Ed Murray provides update on police chief search process

2/12/2014  3:40:00 PM
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Mayor Ed Murray provides update on police chief search process
Announces Bob Murray & Associates as search firm

As the Community Advisory Committee outreach process draw to a close and the Search Committee process begins, Mayor Ed Murray today provided an update on the overall police chief search process, and named the firm that will conduct the search for applicants to the position.

Murray said the Mayor’s Office vetted eight firms and talked with three before ultimately selecting California-based Bob Murray & Associates (no relation).

“The experience and expertise of Bob Murray &Associates in conducting nationwide searches for executives in general and chiefs of police in particular made them stand out,” said Murray. “This firm knows how to identify and recruit top talent, and I’m confident in their ability to deliver exemplary applicants for me and my search committee to review and evaluate.”

The firm has more than 25 years’ experience, and has placed more 1,000 local government and special district executives, including more than 150 chiefs of police in cities with populations as small as 2,000 and as large as three million. The firm’s police chief searches have included the cities of Pasadena, Sacramento and San Francisco.

“Already, we’re hearing a lot of excitement and interest in the job,” Murray said, “including from potential applicants with big-city experience and applicants with a national profile.”

The Community Advisory Committee holds its final public meeting on Thursday, Feb. 13. in the Bertha Knight Landes Room at City Hall, between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

“The Community Advisory Committee process has been an outstanding success,” said Murray. “We’ve had tremendous engagement with more than a thousand members of the community, and we’ve received a lot of great, constructive input and feedback from individuals and from organizations – including an incredibly powerful video from youth at MetroCenter YMCA.”

The Search Committee holds its first meeting on Thursday, Feb 13.

Next steps in the process include finalizing a job description based on input received from the community, which will be completed by Feb. 24. The month of March will be dedicated to applicant recruitment and screening, to be conducted by Murray & Associates.

Murray has set a goal of selecting a new chief by the end of April.


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