Police Chief Recruitment


The Village of Shorewood is initiating a recruitment process to find its next Police Chief.  This webpage shall serve as an information tool for the community to learn about the Police Chief recruiting process and the current status of the recruitment.  The process will be placing an emphasis on finding a Police Chief who has the ability to integrate community-based policing principles; prioritize equity, diversity and inclusion in the Police Department organization and community; actively engage with residents and community groups; assess and implement policing best practices and innovative solutions to meet the demands of the Shorewood community.  

Any questions related to the Police Chief recruitment shall be directed to the following email account: policechiefrecruitment@shorewoodwi.gov.  You can also get immediate email and text updates through the Notify Me application.

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Roles of Community Leaders and Stakeholders

The Police Commission is responsible for hiring the next Police Chief.  The Commission will need the help of several community groups and stakeholders in order to accomplish this task.  The Village Board will be asked to approve all funds to execute the recruitment process, hire the recruitment firm, and play a pivotal role to assure all stakeholders and community members have the opportunity to engage in the process.  The Public Safety Committee, which is a standing committee of three Village Board of Trustees who discuss and make recommendations related to Police and other public safety policy issues and services, will support the Village Board in their role.  

The Village recognizes there are several other stakeholders who need to be involved in the recruitment and selection process. These stakeholders include, but not limited to, the Human Relations Commission, community service and advocacy groups, residents, Police Department employees, other Village employees, the Shorewood School District, the Shorewood Business Improvement District, Milwaukee County Dismantling Barriers Team, community at-large, Friends of Atwater Beach, Senior Resource Center, Shorewood Public Library, Friends of Estabrook Park, neighboring police departments and Village religious institutions (churches and schools).  Below is a general overview of the upcoming process that will incorporate multiple checkpoints for the stakeholders to provide feedback.  

Process of Police Chief Recruitment

There are five general phases to the Police Chief recruitment process:  

  1. Identify interim leadership to help lead the department through the transition.
  2. Select a firm to execute the recruitment process based on the scope of services outlined by the Village and the community.
  3. Develop a candidate profile based on community feedback to guide the recruitment process.
  4. Engage with Police Chief candidates to make a selection based on the candidate profile, stakeholder comments, and community feedback.
  5. Finalize contract with selected candidate to begin work as Police Chief.
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Current Status

The Village selected The Riseling Group to perform the Police Chief recruitment process.  Community members can view the approved service agreement in the Village Board packet from November 15, 2021 starting on page 114.  Members of The Riseling Group attended the November 30 Police Commission meeting to outline the next steps of the process, as the Village enters phase 3 of the recruitment - developing a candidate profile based on community feedback to guide the recruitment process.

The Village of Shorewood with the help of The Riseling Group is coordinating a public forum to develop the Police Chief candidate profile for their recruitment and selection process.

On December 13, the Village Board will meet at 5:30 p.m. (agenda and call in information here) to provide their feedback on the development of the candidate profile followed by the public forum at 7:00 p.m. (call in information here). The public will have an opportunity at 7:00 p.m. to respond to several questions about characteristics they are looking for in the next Police Chief. The listening session will be virtual.

A feedback form has been created for community members who are unable to attend the community forum or may not wish to provide feedback in a virtual group setting. The participation is anonymous. Forms must be completed by December 13 for feedback to be collected and considered for the completion of the candidate profile. If you have any questions or concerns about the Police Chief recruitment process, feel free to email the Village at policechiefrecruitment@shorewoodwi.gov.