FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 22, 2022
Charlottesville Police Civilian Oversight Board to Host Police Chief Candidates Forum
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - Interim City Manager Michael C. Rogers announced that City of Charlottesville has narrowed the search for a new Police Chief to three final candidates.
“I am pleased that we have three outstanding candidates to be our next chief,” Rogers said. “Public safety is an important service that we offer, and these candidates have a diverse set of leadership experiences that can serve our community well.”
The City of Charlottesville started the selection process in August by working with executive recruitment firm Polihire to perform a nationwide search for candidates. After an initial round of screening interviews, Interim City Manager Michael C. Rogers worked with the recruitment firms to select finalists based on applications, resumes, and experience.
Residents will have an opportunity to hear from the candidates at a forum sponsored by the Police Civilian Oversight Board (PCOB). The forum will be held from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Monday, November 28, 2022 in Carver Recreation Center (233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903) but will also be live streamed and broadcast on Charlottesville TV10 to ensure that anyone in our community has comfortable access to the forum. Seating is limited given the size of the space. Candidates will be asked a series of questions submitted by the community and compiled by the PCOB who will also facilitate the event.
Questions will be accepted by the PCOB from the community, with a priority on community members who indicate that they live or work in the community, to ensure their questions are asked before those who may only visit the area. Community members may submit questions for consideration either through email or telephone. Due to the time constraints of events, the PCOB will be unable to ask every question received but will work to give the best overview of submissions.
"This community forum provides an important opportunity to encourage openness and transparency, ensure that the community has an opportunity to engage, and show our Board's focus on ensuring that there is quality anti-racist policing in Charlottesville," said William Mendez, Chair of the Police Civilian Oversight Board (PCOB). "All of the members of the PCOB look forward to hearing questions and concerns from the public and addressing them to the final candidates. We hope that all interested parties send questions, attend the forum, and tune in to the streaming broadcast if they cannot be there in person."
Community members can email the PCOB at firstname.lastname@example.org or call and leave their questions in the form of a voicemail at 434-970-3794. The Board encourages members of the community to provide that information when you submit your question so that they can prioritize questions from those who live, work, and play in the City of Charlottesville versus other localities.
The live stream can be viewed at the following link:
Office of the City Manager
City of Charlottesville