Police Chief Applications Are In, Now the Interviews Begin

Published : Sunday, October 28, 2018 | 7:35 PM

Two candidates for Pasadena's open Police Chief position have told Pasadena Now they submitted applications: Interim Chief John Perez and former Police Lieutenant and Adjutant to Chief Sanchez, Dr. Phlunte Riddle.

The applications deadline for Pasadena’s permanent Police Chief closed at midnight Sunday, and a city official said if all goes smoothly a new Chief will be named by the end of the year.

Former Police Chief Phillip L. Sanchez unexpectedly retired last March, setting off the process to find his permanent replacement. In the meantime, Interim Chief of Police John Perez is in charge of the Department.

From here, said Pasadena Public Information Officer Lisa Derderian, the process involves a number of panels leading to a small group of finalists who will be considered by Pasadena City Manager Steve Mermell.

“It will be a very detailed, methodical, transparent and fair process,” Derderian said.

Just who applied for the position remains secret for now.

“It’s a confidential process consistent with all job position in this city and others so the applicant’s job is not compromised in their existing position,” Derderian said.

But two candidates have told Pasadena Now they applied for the job: Interim Chief Perez and former Police Lieutenant and Adjutant to Chief Sanchez, Dr. Phlunte Riddle.

Perez told the press last August he would throw his hat into the ring.

“I am fortunate this decision is supported by my family, the Department and the community,” Perez said. “I have the capacity and the skill sets to be the next Pasadena Police Chief.”

Dr. Riddle retired from the Police Department in 2012 after 29 years of service. She was Pasadena’s first black female sergeant and later, lieutenant.

“I’m looking forward to participating in the interview process. It would be an honor to serve as Chief of Police for the city of Pasadena,” Riddle said.

The City may release some details about the candidates’ pool on Monday.

In 2010, when Chief Bernard Melekian was tapped by President Barack Obama for a Department of Justice post in Washington, D.C., 66 candidates applied for his job.

It’s not yet known how many applied this time for the job, which pays between $214,707.58 to $268,384.69 per year, according to the online job posting.

The City has traditionally used an outside consulting company, the City Council and a citizens’ committee to help narrow down the list of candidates.

Mermell announced in late August he had selected the executive search firm of Teri Black & Company, LLC. to assist with the search.

“There will be a community panel, Police Dept. personnel panel and Executive City Leadership panel before final candidates are presented to the City Manager,” Derderian said.

The City Manager has the ultimate authority to hire the new Chief, she explained.



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