Police leadership advisory committee to discuss attributes, search
Brian Coddington, Communications Director, 509.625.6740
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 at 3:29 p.m.
Spokane Mayor David Condon announced today the formation of a citizen Police Leadership Advisory Committee to lead a conversation about what the community is looking for in its next police chief and provide input about what a cultural audit of the Spokane Police Division should consider.
The committee will be tasked with three primary objectives related to the police chief search:
Separately, the committee will also provide guidance on the development of a cultural audit, a recommendation of both the Use of Force Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice Community Oriented Policing Services. The committee will make recommendations about factors to be considered, approach, reporting and expected outcomes.
Mary Ann Murphy, who has done extensive work advocating on behalf of child abuse victims, will chair the committee. Murphy is the former executive director of Partners with Families and Children, a center for diagnosis, prevention and treatment of child victims of crime, chairs Gov. Jay Inslee’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee and the Washington State Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect Council, and was appointed by Tom Foley to the National Coordinating Council for Juvenile Justice.
Recommendations for the police chief search are expected to be ready by mid-January. No timetable has been set for oversight of the development of the cultural audit. Other members of the citizen committee are:
“We have made great strides improving public safety and need to base our search for the next police chief on the community’s current needs and desires,” Condon said. “This committee will facilitate a meaningful discussion about the community’s expectations for the next police chief, desired attributes and how we should go about finding one, and is also uniquely qualified to discuss how we should evaluate our police department culture.”
The committee will hold two town hall meetings to solicit feedback from the community, as well as reach out to a number of stakeholder groups that could include (and not to be limited to):
Town hall meetings will be scheduled over the next three months. Their purpose is to provide a venue for the community to share input and feedback on the three police chief objectives. Input about the cultural audit process will also be taken. Community members are also encouraged to submit input via email at any time during this process to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This community advisory committee will help us identify what we’re looking for in the next chief and where we expect that chief to lead the department,” said Ben Stuckart, City Council president.
After the committee concludes its work, city human resources will develop a hiring and selection process for the new police chief that is based on the community input. Recruitment is expected to begin in early 2016.