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Recruiting the Next Chief of Police

The City of San Diego has initiated the recruitment for the next Chief of the San Diego Police Department. Our incumbent, Chief Shelley Zimmerman, who currently provides exceptional leadership at the Police Department and throughout our communities, is retiring and will conclude her service with the City in March 2018.

The ideal candidate must demonstrate and represent qualities and characteristics that reflect our communities. Recognizing the critical ongoing importance of community policing and neighborhood engagement, the City will host six community meetings and unveil an online survey to capture the priorities and comments of San Diegans for the next Chief of Police.

Dates and locations for the community meetings are posted below. The online survey will be posted here, and further outreach will occur to ensure widespread participation throughout our communities.

San Diego Charter section 57 provides that the Police Chief is appointed by the Mayor and the appointment is confirmed by a majority of the City Council. The community workshops are being conducted solely by Mayoral staff, to assist the Mayor with his decision making in appointing the City’s next Police Chief. The community workshops are not being conducted by the San Diego City Council or by any City of San Diego board or commission.

All input received will be used throughout the recruitment and selection process, which will be managed by the City’s Chief Operating Officer Scott Chadwick, on behalf of Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer. The City will be hiring an executive recruitment firm to assist in the process.

Timeline of Significant Steps in the Recruitment Process

(subject to change)

September-October 2017

Community feedback via community forums and online survey

October 2017

Select executive recruitment firm

October-November 2017

Chief candidate recruitment

December 2017-January 2018

Candidate interviews

January 2018

Selection of new chief

February 2018

City Council confirmation hearing

Community Conversation Calendar

PDF icon Community Conversation Calendar Flyer

Saturday 23 Sept

Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation

404 Euclid Ave.
San Diego, CA 92114

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 - 1 p.m.

Tuesday 26 Sept

Mira Mesa Senior Center

8460 Mira Mesa Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92126

Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 - 6 p.m.

thursday 28 Sept

San Diego LGBT Center

3909 Centre St.
San Diego, CA 92103

Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017 - 6 p.m.

Wednesday 4 Oct

Mid-City Gym

4302 Landis St.
San Diego, CA 92105

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 - 6 p.m.

Thursday 5 Oct

Standley Recreation Center

3585 Governor Drive
San Diego, CA 92122

Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 - 6 p.m.

Tuesday 10 Oct

Col. Irving Salomon San Ysidro Community Activity Center

179 Diza Road
San Diego, CA 92173

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 - 6 p.m.