for new police chief outlined
Two weeks after he
announced that Police Chief Jim Miller had been placed on administrative
leave, Village Manager Rob Hillard presented on Monday his plans for choosing
Millers successor, which include some public participation.
Hillards nine-point plan includes the creation of a broad-based
advisory committee to assist him in the selection of a new
chief. The committee will consist of three to five people representing
various backgrounds and experience, Hillard said in a memo outlining
the search process. He also said that the advisory committee will include
a representative of the Police Department.
During Village Councils meeting March 17, Hillard called the committee
a very important part of the search process, one, he said,
that is almost as important as the candidates and the selection.
While Hillard noted that the actual hiring decision is his responsibility,
he said the search would be an inclusive process.
Hillard said that local residents interested in serving on the committee
should contact him at the Bryan Community Center, 767-1279 or email@example.com.
Earlier this month, the Village announced that Miller had been placed
on paid leave on March 4 until he would officially retire on Sept. 3.
At the time, Miller said that he decided to retire because of a difference
in opinion between him and Hillard about how the Police Department should
Hired in 1993, Miller succeeded Wiley Sampson, who was also hired the
same year but resigned after only a few months with the Village. Sampson
succeeded the late Jim McKee, who served as police chief for 34 years.
Captain John Grote is serving as the interim police chief until a permanent
chief is hired. So far, Grote appears not to be a candidate for the job.
In an interview last Friday, he said that he was concentrating on just
running the department the best I can.
It truly isnt something I dwell on right now, he said
of becoming chief.
Under Hillards search process, the advisory committee will have
several responsibilities. It will work with the manager to prepare a list
of attributes the next chief should possess, as well as prepare a set
of interview questions to ask candidates and create an evaluation form
to gather public input on candidates who will be interviewed publicly.
After advertising for the position for about 30 days, Hillard and the
advisory committee will review the applicants and pick five to be interviewed
by Hillard. Hillard will then narrow the field down to three candidates,
who will participate in a meet-and-greet session with the advisory committee
and the public. The three finalists will also meet with Council.
Hillard will then choose a preliminary police chief, who will
be further scrutinized through a background check and a visit to his or
her place of employment. If Hillard decides to hire the preliminary candidate,
contract negotiation would begin. Otherwise, Hillard will reopen the selection
Responding to a question from Council member Hazel Latson, Hillard said
Monday that his objective is to get a diverse group of candidates, saying,
I hope we can have that through our process.
Im open to making sure that is in fact done, he added.
Hillard, Latson and Tony Arnett, the Council president, said that there
are methods through the application process to determine if the Village
has a diverse pool of candidates. They also stressed that the Village
would not set a specific number of minority candidates they hope will