City Goverment, Community, Police Department

Community input sought on recruitment of next Chief of Police

May 14, 2019

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City Manager Kelly McAdoo is inviting public input on attributes the City should be looking for in its next Chief of Police.

Through an online survey available on our website in both English and Spanish until May 28, people who live, work or go to school in Hayward, or who otherwise have an interest in the selection, can rate the importance of 10 attributes and provide additional feedback.

Hayward Police Chief Mark Koller announced in February that he would be retiring in July after a 38-year HPD career.  Koller has led the 197-officer department since August 2016.

In April, McAdoo, who as City Manager appoints the City’s Police Chief, initiated a recruitment process that is open to candidates from within and outside of the Hayward Police Department.  The application deadline is May 28.

The recruitment is coinciding with the formation this month of a new Community Advisory Panel to the Chief of Police.  The new advisory body will be appointed by the Mayor, City Manager and Police Chief, and is intended to strengthen understanding and improve trust between HPD and Hayward community members.