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Posted on: September 7, 2021

Information on the Upcoming Police Chief Recruitment

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The Village of Shorewood is initiating a recruitment process to find its next Police Chief. 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; as well as assess and implement policing best practices and innovative solutions to meet the demands of the Shorewood community.

The Police Commission is responsible for hiring the next Police Chief. The Commission will need the help of many 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.

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.  

Captain Thomas Liebenthal was appointed by the Police Commission last week as the Interim Police Chief, which means the Village is now in phase 2 (selecting a recruiting firm). Village staff worked with officials to prepare a request for proposals (RFP) document asking prospective firms for their interest, understanding of services, qualifications, cost, etc. Below are the upcoming actions and proposed list of events that relate to phase 2:
  • Stakeholders and community members can find RFP for recruitment services online and submit their comments to policechiefrecruitment@shorewoodwi.gov by September 13 at noon to have them considered.
  • Review RFP and public feedback at September 8 Village Board meeting and September 9 Human Relations Commission.
  • Police Commission reviews recent draft of the RFP during their meeting in mid-September. 
  • Village Board then considers issuance of RFP and use of unbudgeted funds for the recruitment at their September 20 meeting. Additional public comments can be made at this meeting.
  • Staff issues RFP on September 21. 
  • Proposals are currently scheduled to be due on October 13. 
  • Once the Village receives proposals from interested firms, staff will post all proposals on this webpage by October 18 for another public engagement process. Comments related to each of the firms' proposals will be due by October 27. 
  • An interview committee consisting of staff, officials, a Police Commission representative, and a Human Relations Commission representative will conduct an interview with each of the firms. This committee will incorporate feedback from the public and responses in the interviews to develop a summary that will be shared with the Village Board and the public at the November 1 Village Board meeting. 
  • Public will have the opportunity to make additional comments at November 1 Village Board meeting.
  • A contract with the recommended firm will be considered at the November 15 Village Board meeting. If approved, this will conclude phase 2.

The Village created this webpage to serve as an information tool for the community to learn about the Police Chief recruiting process and the current status of the recruitment. Updates can also be received through the Notify Me application, which community members can get emails and texts updating them on the recruitment process. If you have any questions about the upcoming Police Chief recruitment process, please feel free to contact policechiefrecruitment@shorewoodwi.gov or you can call me, Rebecca Ewald, directly at 414-847-2701.

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