Iowa City police chief finalists expected to be named next month

Semifinalists being interviewed this week and next

The Iowa City City Hall which includes the Police Department in Iowa City on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
The Iowa City City Hall which includes the Police Department in Iowa City on Wednesday, November 5, 2014. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

IOWA CITY — Finalists for the Iowa City police chief position are expected to be named next month.

City Manager Geoff Fruin said four semifinalists are to be interviewed by city staff and a panel of 15 community members this week and next. While those semifinalists are not being named, Fruin said the finalists for the position will soon be identified.

“I would expect that the first week of November,” Fruin said Tuesday.

Iowa City has been without a permanent police chief since the end of June, when former Chief Sam Hargadine retired. Since then captains Troy Kelsay and Bill Campbell have served as chief on an interim basis.

In July, the city tapped Atlanta-based Slavin Management Consultants to aid in the search process. The city and consultants first worked to develop a recruitment profile.

“At the end of the day, we’re looking for someone to lead the department and be a leader within the community,” Fruin said.

Fruin said he’s prioritizing the ability to facilitate communication and work with all sectors of the city over policing strategies.

“I’m looking for someone that can really step up and be a recognizable leader in the community,” he said.

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Applications for the position were due on Sept. 11. Fruin said while the city got fewer applicants than he had expected, he is pleased with the quality of those who applied.

The semifinalists are to meet with the interview committee, which includes Fruin, the city attorney, fire chief, human resources director, equity director, two current members of the department and a former police captain, the Johnson County Attorney, the director of the University of Iowa’s Department of Public Safety and other community members.

Once the finalists are named, a public meet and greet is to be scheduled, Fruin said. The timing of that meet and greet depends on candidate and room availability, he said.

“Ideally, we’ll have this wrapped up in the month of November,” Fruin said.

Information on the chief search, including the recruitment profile and the interview committee, can be found online at https://www.icgov.org/project/iowa-city-police-chief-search

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