Boulder seeks community input on hiring of next police chief

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Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019

Boulder wants the public to weigh in before the city hires a new police chief, following the September retirement of Greg Testa. Testa served in Boulder’s police department since 1987 and was named chief in 2014. Carey Weinheinmer has been serving as interim police chief since Testa’s departure.

A recruiting firm, Public Sector Search & Consulting, is in charge of the search for a new chief. The firm will hold two public input sessions, according to an email sent by the city Nov. 1:

Tuesday, November 19, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the Boulder Public Library – Meadows Branch, 4800 Baseline Rd. 

Wednesday, November 20, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the West Senior Center, 909 Arapahoe Ave.

Interpretation services will be available at both sessions.

An online survey is also available for those not able to attend either session: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6RW36PS

The position will be posted Nov. 25. A selection is anticipated to be made by February. The hiring process will include panel interviews and meet-and-greet sessions open to the public, according to the city email.

Members of the community have been requesting transparency and public participation in the hiring process following the announcement of Testa’s retirement. Boulder recently moved to increase civilian oversight of the police department, after two confrontations between officers and unarmed black men earlier this year, one of which drew national attention.

— Shay Castle, boulderbeatnews@gmail.com, @shayshinecastle

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