Green Bay Police and Fire Commission to speak with 4 candidates for chief this week, deliberation and assessment to follow | WFRV Local 5
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – The search for the next Green Bay Police Department ‘Top Cop’ ends after a series of listening sessions have taken place across town, so the community can give their voice. opinion on what qualities she would have as the next leader to have.
“People love the community outreach that they have seen in the department over the past few years,” said Ron Goldhahn, chairman of the Green Bay Police and Fire Commission. Goldhahn spoke to Local 5 after one of the listening sessions. “They want a department that is engaged with the community and they want a leader who can manage a large department and support agents,” Goldhahn said.
The research began in May when former Chief Andrew Smith retired after 5 years of service in the ministry. What started out as a pool of 50 candidates fell to 4. Ben Allen and Kevin Warych, currently with Green Bay PD made the cut, along with David Salazar, captain with Milwaukee PD, and Christopher Davis, who is with the serve of Portland police.
During the listening sessions, community members were able to express their opinions. “In that regard, they’re all great candidates, but when we bring in people from the outside, then they have to relearn our community,” said Christopher Zahn of Green Bay. In addition, the community spoke about internal issues such as department morale and agent management. “What is your procedure for gaining the respect or continued respect of officers?” Second, I think I would say what experience do you have with handling agent complaints, ”said a community member.
On Thursday July 22, the Police and Fire Commission will interview each candidate behind closed doors at City Hall at 7:30 am. The next day, the Commission will meet at 8:00 am to deliberate and assess the talks. An announcement on who will be the next chef is expected towards the end of the month.