The Chicago Police Board announced Thursday it will be holding a series of listening sessions across Chicago as the search for the city’s next superintendent gets underway.
“We want input from the community, we want to know what matters to you,” Chicago Police Board President Ghian Foreman said during the board’s monthly meeting held at the Chicago Public Safety headquarters, at 3510 S. Michigan Ave.
The listening sessions will be held between 6 and 8 p.m.:
- Dec. 9 at Trinity United Church of Christ, 400 W. 95th St.;
- Dec. 11 at the Muslim Community Center, 4380 N. Elston Ave.; and
- Dec. 12 at JLM Community Center, 2622 W. Jackson Blvd.
As required by the city, whenever there is a vacancy in the superintendent’s position, the board is responsible for nominating three candidates to be considered by the mayor.
Potential candidates will have until Jan. 13 to apply for the position, and after a thorough review of all applications, the board will conduct interviews.
The process will allow the board to identify “the best possible candidates,” Foreman said.
“We are going beyond the resumes by requiring each applicant to discuss in detail their experience in leading proactive crime-reduction initiatives, significant advances in training and accountability and proven strategies for increasing trust between police officers and the communities they serve,” Foreman said.
The three nominees that the board submits to the mayor will be made public.
“This is one of the top law enforcement positions in the country and we know the importance of getting it right,” Foreman said. “This is the chance for you all to give us your input. Tell us what matters most to you.”
The application went live Thursday night on Chicagopoliceboard.org.