Potential Recruitment Process for Police Chief Announced by City Manager

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Long Beach Police Department. Photo by Barbara Holbrook, Everything Long Beach

City Manager Pat West today announced the process for selecting a new Police Chief, should a vacancy occur as a result of the November 4, 2014 election. The City Manager plans to conduct an expedited recruitment process of internal candidates. All Long Beach Deputy Chiefs and Commanders will be eligible to apply for the position, and all interested candidates will be reviewed and interviewed.

“We have such strong internal candidates within our Police Department,” said City Manager West. “Each and every member of our Police Command Staff are ready today to be Chief, giving Long Beach a strong, diverse pool of candidates to pick from.”

The process will begin immediately following the November election, should it be necessary, and an announcement of a final decision is expected by mid-November to ensure a smooth transition. There is no expectation that an Interim Chief would be necessary.

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