PCOB to host candidate forum for potential CPD chief
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- There are three people who are being considered to be the next chief of the Charlottesville Police Department.
Interim City Manager Michael Rogers announced on Tuesday that the city has norrowed down its search to the three finalists.
“I am pleased that we have three outstanding candidates to be our next chief,” Rogers said. “Public safety is an important service that we offer, and these candidates have a diverse set of leadership experiences that can serve our community well.”
According to a release, the process to find the next chief of police started in August with the hiring of the executive recruitment firm Polihire, which conducted a national search for candidates.
Rogers worked with the firm to narrow down the initial list of candidates based on applications, resumes and experience.
Community members will be able to hear from all three candidates at a forum that the Police Civilian Oversight Board will be hosting on Nov. 28 at 6 p.m.
This forum will be held at the Carver Recreation Center, but it will also be available for viewing online. The release says seating is limited.
Each candidate will be asked a series of questions from the community that the PCOB puts together.
People can now submit questions, with priority being given to those submitted by people who indicate that they live or work in the community.
Questions can be submitted over the phone or through email.
"This community forum provides an important opportunity to encourage openness and transparency, ensure that the community has an opportunity to engage, and show our Board's focus on ensuring that there is quality anti-racist policing in Charlottesville," said William Mendez, Chair of the PCOB. "All of the members of the PCOB look forward to hearing questions and concerns from the public and addressing them to the final candidates. We hope that all interested parties send questions, attend the forum, and tune in to the streaming broadcast if they cannot be there in person."