What you need to know about the search for Denver’s next police chief – The Denver Post


Denver’s top public safety official on Thursday offered more details on how the search for a new police chief will unfold. If all goes as planned, a new police chief should be chosen by mid-summer.

Chief Robert White announced his retirement last month and has said he will remain on the job until a new chief is selected. The new chief will be chosen from among current or retired Denver Police Department officers.

Here is what Troy Riggs, Denver’s public safety director, said on Thursday about the search:

  • Riggs has been meeting with Denver Police Department officers and the Denver Police Protective Association to hear what qualities they want in a new chief and the direction he or she should guide the department.
  • Four community meetings will be scheduled, beginning this month. A facilitator will conduct the meetings where input will be given on the next chief’s role in the community.
  • Questions for the chief candidates will be developed from the public meetings and the rank-and-file’s input.
  • The members of a 15-person advisory panel will be announced next week. The advisory panel will participate in interviews with the new chief and will make recommendations on finalists to Mayor Michael Hancock.
  • A job description will be posted next week. The city is only accepting applications from active or retired members of the Denver Police Department. All applicants will be asked to submit a resume and a position paper, which will  be based off one question, which hasn’t been announced.

Source : Denver Post