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City of San Luis Obispo seeks public input on search for new police chief

Posted at 12:15 PM, Nov 12, 2020

The City of San Luis Obispo is looking for a new police chief and is inviting the community to weigh in on the process through an online survey.

The survey asks about the qualifications, experience and leadership traits that are believed important for a new police chief, as well as priorities for the police department over the next few years, and the community's level of trust in the police department.

The city says the results of the survey will be used to guide the search process, which is expected to begin in January. The nationwide search for a new chief is being conducted by the recruitment firm Public Sector Search and Consulting.

City officials previously said that the recruitment and selection process is expected to take about four months.

In the meantime, Captain Jeff Smith is serving as the city's Interim Police Chief.

Smith took over for former Police Chief Deanna Cantrell who left the department at the end of September for a job as police chief in the City of Fairfield.

Click here to take the survey. It will be available until 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 23.

For help completing the survey in Spanish, call (805) 781-7100. Para obtener ayuda para completar la encuesta en Español, llame (805) 781-7100.