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Rochester leaders discuss process of choosing next police chief

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -

Rochester community leaders gathered Friday morning to discuss the process of choosing a new police chief.

City HR Director Linda Hillenbrand submitted a recruitment proposal centered around identifying quality candidates, applying a thorough vetting process, and conducting a series of interviews.

The proposal would not include a point or scoring system.

The Civil Service Commission would then be responsible for narrowing down three or four candidates to present to Mayor Ardell Brede.

The process also gives the public a chance to have their voices heard in the search.

"Initially, we will be gathering through survey information criteria, regarding the qualities and the competencies of the next police chief. So, we'll be sending out a survey most likely through the Chamber and through the Oversight Commission and the Police Civil Service Commission to gather feedback from those key audiences, believing that's a good representation of the public," Hillenbrand told KTTC.

The process proposal passed unanimously, and Hillenbrand said she expects the search to take three to four months.

The search for a new chief will also include public forums to allow the community to meet and hear candidates.

The city requires the search to expand beyond just RPD.

Current Police Chief Roger Peterson is set to retire in April.

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