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Mayor Urged to Let Public in on Police Chief Search

June 20, 2012 7:49 PM | Anonymous

OMAHAundefinedWhile not endorsing an insider for Omaha’s next police chief, the Omaha Allianceundefinedwhich is usually critical of the Suttle Administrationundefinedtells Nebraska Watchdog (see exclusive video below) it is not “automatically hostile” to an internal candidate.

At the same time Chip Maxwell, the Alliance’s executive director, is laying down several benchmarks the group wants the administration to follow.

Topping the list is a chief who will serve at least five years, ending a revolving door within the department which has seen the last three top cops leave with retirement deals that could cost taxpayers up to $10 million.

Another critical point, according to Maxwell, is the public’s advice. The Alliance wants a “public interview process where the community can attend” and learn more about the finalists for the job.

The mayor’s office tells Nebraska Watchdog that the finalistsundefinedno more than fourundefinedwill be interviewed by department heads, police “experts” and select members of the publicundefinedchosen by the administration.

It appears the finalists’ names will be made public by mid-July. 

Reported by Joe Jordan, joe@nebraskawatchdog.org

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