PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, December 29, 2015

New Police Chief Selection— Community Meeting and Survey


In February, the City’s longtime Police Chief, Camerino “Cam” Sanchez, will retire. City Administrator Paul Casey will appoint the new Police Chief, and has hired Regan Williams from the executive search firm of Bob Murray & Associates to assist him with the recruitment. Mr. Williams has had both a long career in law enforcement, and a substantial record of conducting successful police chief recruitments as an executive recruiter.

Due to the importance of this position within the community and within the organization, Mr. Williams will collect input from a broad base of stakeholders in developing an ideal candidate profile. A nationwide search will follow. The general public will have the opportunity to participate by attending a community meeting on January 7th, or by completing an online survey.

The public is invited to attend the community meeting on Thursday, January 7th at 7:00 p.m. at the Louise Lowry Davis Center at 1232 De La Vina Street.

Alternatively, a short online survey about the issues facing the next Police Chief and the qualities that he or she will need to bring to the role can be completed on the City’s web page through the following link:

Community input is requested by January 8th. Should members of the public wish to submit their thoughts in hard copy, they may submit them to the City Clerk’s Office located at Santa Barbara City Hall by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 8th, and they will be provided to the recruiting agency.

“The Police Chief is one of the most influential and visible management positions in City government,” said City Administrator Paul Casey, “I am determined to find the right fit for our community and our organization, and public input will play a key role in that decision.”

A partial list of Bob Murray & Associates’ recently completed Police Chief recruitments includes the cities of Benicia, Capitola, Cathedral City, Chico, Corona, Coronado, East Palo Alto, Fort Bragg, Greenfield, Huntington Beach, Inglewood, Modesto, Petaluma, Piedmont, Pittsburg, Salinas, San Bernardino, Tehachapi, Vacaville, Vallejo, and West Sacramento, CA and the cities of Seattle and Walla Walla, WA; Chandler and Casa Grande, AZ; Klamath Falls, OR; California State University San Bernardino, California State University East Bay, California Polytechnic State University Pomona, Humboldt State University, Oakland Unified School District, Stockton Unified School District, San Diego State University, Santa Rosa Junior College, University of California at Davis, California State University at Sacramento, Pasadena City College; and the East Bay Regional Park District (Captain), CA.


Contact: Pamela “Pam” Antil, Assistant City Administrator
Phone: (805) 564-5510

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