Police Chief Recruitment

The City issued a news release on March 3, 2021 with an update on the recruitment process.

Prior to posting the recruitment for the Police Chief, the City's executive recruiting firm Teri Black and Company gathered feedback from the La Mesa community on its ideal qualities for the next Police Chief. Feedback included input from the City Council, the Citizen Public Safety Oversight Task Force, City staff, the Police Department, and focus groups with community leaders. A community meeting was held on December 7, 2020 and an online community survey was also conducted.

The Chief of Police Recruitment is now closed. It was open between January 13 and February 15, 2021 and 25 applications were received. The applications are currently being screened using criteria developed through previously gathered stakeholder input.

The next step will be to interview the most highly qualified candidates. Two interview panels will be utilized for these interviews: a community stakeholder panel and a professional panel. The stakeholder panel will include representatives from: the La Mesa Community Police Oversight Board, the La Mesa Citizen Task Force on Homelessness, the local School District, the La Mesa business community, the La Mesa Police Officer’s Association, and the faith based community. The professional panel will include executives working in local government in the San Diego region.

The top candidates will move on to the final interviews to be conducted with La Mesa staff. All interviews are expected to be completed by the end of March with a hire to be announced in April.

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If you are a La Mesa resident or business owner, please fill out the Chief of Police Recruitment community survey by Thursday, December 31, 2020.

The City issued a news release on November 17, 2020 regarding the hiring of Teri Black and Company, LLC to recruit its next Chief of Police.

View the expected recruitment milestone timeline.

View the contract from the recruiting firm Teri Black and Company, LLC.

The City Manager issued a news release on August 27, 2020 regarding a nationwide search for the next La Mesa Police Department Chief of Police.

View the December 7th Police Chief Recruitment Community Meeting below.