City Manager Names Community Members Selected to Interview Final Police Chief Candidates

The two-woman, five-man panel will be convened in December

Published : Thursday, November 29, 2018 | 4:36 PM

Pasadena City Manager Steve Mermell Thursday released the names of community members he has selected to serve on a community panel which will interview four finalists in the City’s search for a new Chief of Police.

Former Chief Phillip Sanchez retired last April. Deputy Chief John Perez was named Interim Chief and has commanded the Department since that time as a nation-wide search to find a permanent Chief has moved forward.

Perez is himself among the four finalists for the spot. The other three remain unidentified.

Under the City’s Charter, Pasadena’s City Manager has the ultimate authority to select the new chief.

Mermell had said he planned to form a panel of community members to interview the four candidates in December.

Thursday he said that after receiving numerous recommendations and requests from community members who volunteered to serve on the panel to interview the Police Chief candidates, he has selected the following people:

  • Danny Donabedian – Chair, Armenian National Committee of America – Pasadena Chapter & former Recreation and Parks Commissioner
  • Ralph Frammolino – President of PivotHound Communications & Northwest Commissioner
  • Mayra Macedo-Nolan – Community Outreach Pastor, Lake Avenue Church
  • Steven Olivas – Planning Commissioner
  • Danny Parker – Chair, Robinson Park Recreation Center Renovation Project Steering Committee
  • Sheryl Turner – CEO, Friends of the Miracle Mile & former Northwest Commissioner
  • Brian Williams -Executive Director, Los Angeles County Sheriff Civilian Oversight Commission

Mermell said each person on the committee will serve as a private citizen, not as a representative of any group or agency.

“Selecting the community members was a difficult task given the significant level of interest on the part of many. While the responsibility for the selection of a Chief of Police rests ultimately with me, it is important that our community have a voice in the process, as indicative of our multiple town halls and solicitation of resident feedback, as well as the establishment of this community panel,” Mermell said in a statement.

“The panel represents valuable and independent perspectives based on long years of service to our community and, for some, through the particular positions they hold or have held. I look forward to receiving their candid and honest feedback, which is an important part of the selection process.”

Mermell said that all of the Police Chief finalist candidates are presently serving at a Commander level or higher position within a police agency.

“Based on their experience and qualifications, they are all capable of doing the job, but determining who is the ‘best suited’ for our community requires careful consideration,” he said.

An additional round of interviews with Mermell and other “key executive staff” will follow the community panel meeting before a selection is made in January. The interview process will be conducted in private.

The City Manager currently anticipates making the final announcement in January, a City spokesperson said.


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