The City of Vallejo has concluded selection interviews for its new Police Chief. On September 3, five applicants (of 47 applications received) completed interviews with three panels comprised of Vallejo community members, City staff and external subject matter experts.
“In the interview and selection process, our goal is to find someone who reflects what the community is looking for in its next Police Chief,” said Vallejo City Manager Greg Nyhoff. “I want to thank each of our panelists who participated and provided valuable feedback.”
Community member involvement in interviews is a huge part of ensuring the City incorporates the public’s perspective into the selection process. The community panelists were selected due to their broad reach and leadership in Vallejo, reflecting the socio-economic and ethnic diversity, and vision to build relationships and move Vallejo forward. Community members who participated in the interviews included:
Dr. Adam Clark, Superintendent, Vallejo City Unified School District
Reverend Dawn Roginski
Jackie Arnold, Chair, Chamber of Commerce
Lynda Daniels, NAACP Vallejo Branch 1081
Mina Diaz, Founder, Diaz and Loera Centro Latino
Stacey Bowman, Executive Director, New Dawn Vallejo Corporation
Admiral Tom Cropper, President, Cal Maritime
Selection interviews concluded the robust process that the City conducted in partnership with the recruiting firm Ralph Andersen & Associates. The process included three important community components; 1) a community meeting that informed a desired candidate profile for the recruitment brochure was held on May 23; 2) an online forum to provide input on characteristics desired in the next Police Chief, open June 21 through August 20; and 3) a community interview panel, who was provided the input from both community forums to inform their decision making process while serving on the panel – all important components toward improving relationships between the police and community, one of City Council’s adopted priorities, and part of the larger Vallejo Unites campaign. Visit vallejounites.net
for more information on the recruitment process and to access input from the community forums.
Final interviews were conducted today by City Manager Greg Nyhoff and a panel of City Senior Leadership Team members. A finalist will be determined this week and the City will conduct required background checks before an announcement is made later this fall.