Thursday, March 20, 2014
Online Police Chief Survey Launched by City, Paper Copies Available at Various Locations
The City of Somerville has launched the survey it promised to gather feedback on what residents are looking for in a new Police Chief.
As I previously reported, the City will enter into it's third search for a new Police Chief after the most recent resignation last year.
The survey can be taken online at http://www.somervillema.gov/chiefsurvey and paper copies will be available at the Somerville Police Department, City Hall Welcome Desk, all Somerville Public Schools, the Central Library and its East and West Branches, and the City’s Senior Centers. The survey is also available both online and in paper form in Spanish, Portuguese and Haitian Creole. Completed surveys are due by April 7
The City has gone through the search process in 2007 and 2010 with both candidates leaving the City before their contract ended. In 2005, the Board of Aldermen removed the position of Police Chief out of Civil Service after Mayor Joe Curtatone submitted an ordinance that included a public process and the inclusion of specific representatives at the bargaining table. Curtatone's ordinance approval came after the Board vetoed Michael Capuano and Dorothy Kelly Gay's attempts at removing the position.