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The City of Ann Arbor has been working with an executive recruitment company, Strategic Government Recourses (SGR), to engage with community members for a better understanding of what the public is looking for in the next police chief.  The input received through various channels during this process has been valuable, and we thank the community for participating.

Pro​​cess: Listen (phase 1). Recruit​ (phase 2). ​Hire (phase 3).

The City of Ann Arbor will be hosting a talented pool of applicants to visit in the spring. The goal is to create an opportunity for candidates to get to know this great community. 

The finalists will participate in several panel interviews which will include community members, City of Ann Arbor leadership, as well as staff from the Ann Arbor city attorney's office, p​​​olice department and human resources department.​ Further details about the process will be shared as available. 

If you have any questions in the meantime, please email the City of Ann Arbor recruitment office at AAPDChiefRecruit​​ment@a2gov.org ​or call 734.794.6132​.​​

Phase 3: Hire

​Throughout May 2019, city leadership will conduct interviews, ​tours and meet and greets with the final candidate(s).​​

​​Phase 2: We heard y​​​​ou

Feedback collected through the three public meetings aligned with responses to the Executive Police Chief Candidate Search Survey. A summary of responses and/or emerging themes follow (specific comments are omitted to maintain anonymity). ​​


Question 3: Other education, training/certifications or experience to consider?

  1. Diversity/Cultural training

  2. FBI National Academy/training.

  3. Conflict resolution training/skills.

  4. Police staff and command education.

  5. Community engagement/relations experience.

Question 4: In your opinion, what are the most important skills for a new Chief of Police to have? Please list.

  1. Communication skills.

  2. Leadership skills.

  3. Supervisory/Management skills.

  4. Listening/Interpersonal skills.

  5. Problem solving skills.​

Question 5: In your opinion, what are the current challenges facing the Ann Arbor Police Department?

  1. Observations/Perceptions of AAPD by the community.

  2. Staffing - General/Turnover.

  3. Negative national/public view of law enforcement.

  4. City staff.

  5. Police oversight board.

Question 6/7: What would you like to see the Chief of Police get done in his/her first year/the next 3-5 years? (*Resident and students' replies. #AAPD and city employees' replies.)

  1. *#Community relations.

  2. *Within department/staffing. #Leadership in department

  3. *Other. #Department requests (changes)

  4. *Work with oversight committee.

  1. 3–5 years — *#Continue to focus on community engagement.

  2. 3–5 years — *#Increase staffing of the department.

Question 8: What are the most important qualities of a new Chief of Police?

  1. Open minded.

  2. Compassion.

  3. Integrity.

  4. Honesty/Trustworthy.

  5. Fair.

  6. Empathy.

Question 9: Additional comments (not included in this summary, to maintain anonymity)

Question 10: Community Characteristics: What are the greatest selling points about living, working and/or raising a family in Ann Arbor? (not included in this summary, to maintain anonymity)​

Phase 1: We​ list​​ened

In December 2018/January 2019, the City of Ann Arbor gathered community opinions in order to help identify the most important traits, priorities, qualifications, etc., that the city's new police chief should have. The Executive Police Chief Candidate Search Survey was conducted to gather this input. The survey was available online and as paper copies at locations throughout the city — Ann Arbor District Library, downtown branch; City clerk's office, Ann Arbor Larcom City Hall; Delonis Center; 15th District Court; Probation department, 15th District Court; SafeHouse Center; and Washtenaw County District Court 14A.

2019 outreac​​h e​vents: completed

SGR also collected feedback on behalf of the city at a wide range of community events and meetings in early January (PDF). Those unable to attend any of the scheduled meetings, but who still wanted to provide feedback, were encouraged to do so via email.  

  • Meeting #1: Tuesday, Jan. 8 (afternoon), Bryant Community Center, 3 W. Eden Court

  • Meeting #2 : Tuesday, Jan. 8 (evening) at Ann Arbor District Library, Downtown Branch.

  • Meeting #3 : W ednesday, Jan. 9 at Arrowwood Hills.

All are  encouraged to participate in public meetings. Accommodations, including sign language interpreters, may be arranged by contacting the City Clerk's office at 734.794.6140; via email to: cityclerk@a2gov.org; or by written request addressed and mailed or delivered to: City Clerk's Office, 301 E. Huron St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104.   Requests made with less than two business days notice may not be able to be accommodated. ​

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​​​​​Contact Us:
Recruitment Office
301 E. Huron St., sixth floor
Ann Arbor, MI
Phone: 734.794.6132
Fax: 734.994.5961
Email: AAPDChiefRecruitment@a2gov.org​​