Mesa Police Department to face overhaul - East Valley Tribune: East Valley Local News

Mesa Police Department to face overhaul

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Sunday, April 2, 2006 6:35 am

When Mesa names a new police chief later this spring, that might only be the first of many changes at the police department.

The City Council is expected to approve the chief’s hiring in June, according to a timetable released by City Manager Chris Brady. Soon after, a to-be-determined consulting firm will examine policies, procedures and personnel of the 1,400-employee department.

“Because the police department is fairly unique, with the types of services and responsibilities they have, it makes sense to bring someone from outside who specializes in this,” Brady said.

Timing between the chief’s hiring and the consultant’s review is essential, Brady said.

If the consultant is brought in before the chief, the department’s new leader won’t have the opportunity to weigh in with an opinion.

But if the consultant comes in too long after the chief’s arrival, then there’s the risk of resentment that outsiders would be handing down suggestions for change no matter how the established leaders feel.

Forty-four candidates have applied to replace retired chief Dennis Donna, who departed in December. One of those applicants is interim Police Chief Greg Fowler.

The field will be winnowed to a handful this month, and these semifinalists will be interviewed in late April and May.

After Brady makes his recommendation, the council will decide on his choice at its June 5 meeting.

In the meantime, city staff members are outlining the goals of a review for prospective consultants.

Once the firms respond and the city selects one, the review should begin in July or August.

Three years ago, Chandler commissioned a review of its police department similar to what is in store for Mesa.

The report from Virginiabased Maximus suggested such measures as rearranging and adding staff, increasing training and upgrading infrastructure.

“The levels at the top — are they organized correctly?” asked Brady, giving an example of what city leaders hope to learn from the review.

Police timeline Week of April 17: City releases list of semifinalist candidates for police chief.

April 27: Semifinalist candidates tour Mesa and meet the public.

May: City Manager Chris Brady nominates a new police chief.

Late May: City selects consulting firm to conduct review of Mesa Police Department.

June 5: City Council considers Brady’s recommendation for police chief.

Summer: Consulting firm issues review of police department.

  • Discuss

Arizona State & adidas Unveil New Football Uniforms

TEMPE, Ariz. - Arizona State University and adidas today unveiled the Sun Devils’ new Primeknit football uniforms for the 2015 season. Develop…

Published: July 30, 2015 - 8:58 am @ http://www.thesundevils.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLI…

Heat share "This Life" video, touring with Bully (dates)

« Colleen Green expands tour w/ Mannequin Pussy, including a second NYC show (updated dates) | Big Eyes, Shellshag & Aye Nako playing canc…

Published: July 30, 2015 - 7:30 am @ http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2015/07/heat…

Tucson Office Market Snapshot

Home prices increased in June, thanks to inventory at a 21-month low coupled with steady consumer demand and favorable interest rates. U. S. c…

Published: July 30, 2015 - 7:30 am @ http://blog.picor.com/bid/74077/Tucson-Office-Mark…

Judge refuses to block planned South Mountain Freeway - FOX 10 News

PHOENIX (AP) - A judge is refusing to block a planned freeway project in the Phoenix area. U.S. District Judge Diane Humetewa on Tuesday denie…

Published: July 30, 2015 - 7:00 am @ http://www.fox10phoenix.com/story/29667857/judge-r…

WATCH: Donald Trump’s biggest backers really are as ignorant and hateful as you assumed

The qualities that many reasonable people find repellant about Donald Trump are exactly what his staunchest supporters like about him. A dozen…

Published: July 30, 2015 - 6:59 am @ http://www.rawstory.com/2015/07/watch-donald-trump…

Facebook

EastValleyTribune.com on Facebook

Twitter

EastValleyTribune.com on Twitter

Google+

EastValleyTribune.com on Google+

RSS

Subscribe to EastValleyTribune.com via RSS

RSS Feeds

Spacer4px
Your Az Jobs