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City of Tallahassee moves ahead with police chief search

Posted at 6:16 PM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-02 18:16:52-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — With Police Chief Michael DeLeo officially working his last week on the job, the City of Tallahassee is moving ahead with the search to find his replacement.

The City is partnering with a firm to find applicants from across the country.

Once that firm has narrowed the pool down to about 20, then a committee of people involved in law enforcement, the faith community, elected officials, and organizations that work closely with TPD will get the chance to meet those in the running to become Tallahassee's next police chief.

To make sure that man or woman is the perfect fit for the job, there will even be chances for the community to come out and meet those candidates.

"We'll be updating our job application to make sure it reflects the tenants of modern policing, with a particular focus on community policing and the importance of being able to interact on our with our various parts of our community," said Cynthia Barber, Deputy City Manager. "So we'll be doing a very exhaustive process because we want the right candidate for this position."

The plan is to hire the next Police Chief in the next 4 to 6 months. Until then, Major Steve Outlaw will hold the position.