Community Input Sought for Police Chief Recruitment Efforts

 

The City of Ann Arbor’s process to recruit and hire a new police chief is underway. The police chief position is currently vacant, with duties being fulfilled on an interim basis.

A primary component of the search and recruitment process is engaging with city residents, property owners, business owners, etc. so that everyone has a voice in identifying the best candidate to lead the Ann Arbor Police Department. Outreach will take place throughout this process; and the city has contracted with Strategic Government Resources (SGR) to assist with these efforts.

The first outreach initiative, a survey, has just been launched to collect input that will ultimately help the city identify the most important traits, priorities, qualifications, etc., that the city’s new police chief should have.

All are invited to take the survey online, at https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/4742113/Executive-Police-Search-Survey, or to pick up a paper copy to fill out and turn in. All surveys must be completed online or turned in by Monday, Jan. 14. Paper copies are available at the following locations in Ann Arbor:

Ann Arbor District Library, downtown branch, 343 S. Fifth Ave.

City clerk’s office, Ann Arbor Larcom City Hall, second floor, 301 E. Huron St. (adjacent metered parking is offered via Ann Street, east of Fifth Avenue); hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Delonis Center, 312 W. Huron St. 48103.

*15th District Court, Ann Arbor Justice Center, 301 E. Huron St. (adjacent metered parking is offered via Ann Street, east of Fifth Avenue); hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

*Probation department, 15th District Court, Ann Arbor Justice Center, 301 E. Huron St. (adjacent metered parking is offered via Ann Street, east of Fifth Avenue); hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

SafeHouse Center, 4100 Clark Road 48105; lobby hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Washtenaw County District Court 14A, 4133 Washtenaw Ave. 48108; hours: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

22nd Circuit Court Probation: County Courthouse, 101 Huron St. 48104; hours: Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

There are also ballot boxes at these locations where completed surveys may be turned in.

* Please note: All visitors to the Ann Arbor Justice Center must pass through the security screening process. All visitors and their belongings are subject to search by court security officers. All visitors are required to pass through metal detectors. All purses, briefcases or other containers are required to pass through an x-ray machine. For more information and a list of prohibited items, please visit the 15th District Court online at www.a2gov.org/departments/15D/Pages/default.aspx .

The community is also invited to attend one of the meetings scheduled for early January. SGR will host the gatherings Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 8 and 9. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend to provide input.

Meeting ​​#1: Tuesday, Jan. 8

Location: Bryant Community Center, 3 W. Eden Court

Time: Noon–2 p.m.

Meeti​​ng #2: Tuesday, Jan. 8

Location: Ann Arbor Dis trict Library, Downtown Branch, 343 S. 5th Ave., fourth floor

Time: 7–9 p.m.

Meetin​​g #3: Wednesday, Jan. 9

Location: Arrowwood Hills, 2566 Arrowwood Trail

Time: 6:30–8:30 p.m.

All are  encouraged to participate in public meetings. Accommodations, including sign language interpreters, may be arranged by contacting the City Clerk’s office at 734.794.6140; via email to: cityclerk@a2gov.org; or by written request addressed and mailed or delivered to: City Clerk’s Office, 301 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104.  Requests made with less than two business days notice may not be able to be accommodated. For anyone unable to attend a scheduled meeting, feedback can be shared via email to AAPDChiefR ecruitment@a2gov.org.

The city is hoping to welcome a new police chief to the city this spring. Please visit www.a2gov.org/AAPDChiefRecruitment for ongoing updates, as they become available, about this process.

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