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Police Chief Applications Due by July 1

Published on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 | 12:54 pm
 

Time is running out for applicants interested in applying for the city’s police chief position.

According to the employment websites, the last day to file for the position is July 1.

“The ideal candidate will be a seasoned professional with demonstrated success working through leadership transition in a diverse community while leading a law enforcement agency effectively in proactive community policing,” according to a brochure on https://koffassociates.com.

Koff & Associates is a full-service, human resources and recruiting firm based in Berkeley.

The salary will start at $291,996.

The police chief will be chosen by the next city manager. The city council interviewed candidates for that job this past weekend.

Former Cmdr. Jason Clawson will hold the position until the next chief is chosen. Clawson and Deputy Chief Cheryl Moody were chosen to rotate into the position as interim chiefs.

Moody completed her time as chief in May.

The police chief oversees a police department that includes a more than $90 million budget, 234 sworn officers, and 120 civilian employees, including part-time workers. There are also 140 active volunteers.

The next chief will face his share of critics even before he starts the job.

Some local residents have called out on the City Council to cut the police budget and redistribute the funds to other departments. The department is currently undertaking an administrative investigation into the actions of a police officer that fatally shot 31-year-old Anthony McClain during a police stop.

That investigation will only determine if the officer adhered to department policy. L.A. County District Attorney George Gascón cleared the officer of wrongdoing last month.

The chief also oversees security at high profile events, including the Rose Parade and the Rose Bowl Game.

“It is imperative that City of Pasadena’s Chief of Police understands the necessary relationship with the community and takes the opportunity to listen to and address community concerns with empathy, transparency, and understanding,” the brochure reads. “Residents are engaged and having a Chief that is equally engaged and has a sense of being a part of this community while being open and present is critical for success in this position.”

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