Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller will be assisted by the International Association of Chiefs of Police as the city searches for a new, permanent head for its Police Department, she said in a statement.
The mayor said she will also participate in the formation of a nine-member selection committee to help her choose the next Newton chief.
Newton has been without a permanent chief since the retirement of former police chief David MacDonald, who stepped down in July. Fuller has appointed former chief Howard Mintz to serve in the role on an interim basis.
The search for a new chief is separate from the work of the Newton Police Reform Task Force, which Fuller appointed last summer to examine systemic racism in the Police Department and develop recommendations for changes.
Fuller said the police chiefs association was among four groups interviewed by city officials as part of the chief selection process, Fuller said.
The Virginia-based nonprofit, Fuller said, has “the most impressive team, an effective recruiting/evaluation strategy, and the most nuanced understanding of the role of a chief in the coming years.”
The nonprofit will assist her in writing a candidate profile for what Newton is looking for in its next chief. Fuller said she welcomes community input on the qualities she should prioritize in the city’s chief of police, and comments can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I will share our job posting with the community. The search firm will also help me recruit candidates internally and externally and evaluate them,” Fuller said.
The city’s selection committee will include residents, a city councilor, a police union member, a businessperson, an attorney, a member of the judiciary system, and a member of the Massachusetts Police Chief’s Association, Fuller said.
Members will be appointed by Fuller and City Council President Susan Albright, with City Council approval, while the union representative will be chosen by the Newton Police Association.
A candidate for Newton’s police chief is approved by the City Council at the recommendation of the mayor, according to Fuller. She said she hopes to have a new chief in place by the beginning of 2021.
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