City of Brookline to begin interviews with police chief candidates

City Administrator Mel Kleckner is pleased to announce that the first round of interviews with candidates for the position of new Chief of Police for the City of Brookline will begin this week.

Interviews will be conducted by City Administrator Kleckner, research consultant Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), and a select panel of Brookline residents. To protect the confidentiality of candidates for this position, the process will remain confidential until the city administrator recommends one or more candidates to the select committee for review and approval.

The City is committed to maintaining an inclusive, fair and progressive approach to policing, working in partnership with the community to ensure that all people enjoy a high quality of life free from fear of crime. Over the past year, the city has embarked on an intensive review of reforming and reinventing its police department and is seeking a leader who will work toward the goals established by the select committee and the ideals of the community.

In October and November, City Administrator Kleckner worked with PERF to engage with the community through a survey, focus group meetings and two public comment forums.

Based on community feedback, a job posting profile was finalized and posted in early December, with a January 10 deadline. Once the applications were received, City Administrator Kleckner, the selection committee and PERF met to review the pool of applicants.

“I am grateful for the feedback we have received from the community during this search process, and for the applications from a number of qualified candidates whom we look forward to interviewing soon,” the administrator said. Municipal Kleckner. “Our next police chief should be a forward-thinking, compassionate leader who can earn the respect of the entire Brookline community, and I look forward to hearing directly from all nominees.”

Finalists will be interviewed again later in February, and an extensive background investigation will be conducted on the nominee(s) selected by the city administrator.

City administrator Kleckner plans to make a recommendation to the special committee in late February or early March.

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