Chief search begins with public posting

News Aug 14, 2009 Ancaster News

So you think you can be Hamilton police chief? This isn’t So You Think You Can Dance, so chances are you w o u l d n’ t even dream of applying, given the highly spec demands of being top cop.

But the Hamilton police services board at least wants you to know the search is on, taking the novel step this week of issuing a press release detailing the job qualifications for candidates seeking to replace retiring Chief Brian Mullan.

He steps down at the end of the year and the process to choose a successor is expected to wrap up by the end of October.

“I think there’s just a general principle and objective within the board to make sure that the public is informed,” chair Bernie Morelli said.

“We’ve had some inquiries, people have asked, so we want certainly the public to know what we’re doing.”

Search consultants

To help with the selection process, the board has hired executive-search consultants Ray and Berndtson, who also helped develop the job qualifications.

Apart from “a respected record of hands-on police service at the senior level,” a long list of attributes demanded of candidates includes an ability to inspire trust and confidence, provide compelling leadership, maintain the highest standards of integrity and professionalism, and enhance the credibility and image of Hamilton police.

A commitment to community policing, acceptance of new ideas and understanding of modern management techniques are among other qualifications.

“Above all, the chief will be an enthusiastic and persuasive leader that inspires excellence and accountability as the Service moves forward,” the job posting states.

Mr. Morelli said the full police board will review candidates, select those to be short-listed for interviews or follow-up assignments, and hire the new chief.

“It’s a pretty thorough, pretty intense process,” he said. “In the past, boards have met for a full day, locked up, at a time. It’s pretty intense. Obviously, it’s a critical position.”

Chief search begins with public posting

News Aug 14, 2009 Ancaster News

So you think you can be Hamilton police chief? This isn’t So You Think You Can Dance, so chances are you w o u l d n’ t even dream of applying, given the highly spec demands of being top cop.

But the Hamilton police services board at least wants you to know the search is on, taking the novel step this week of issuing a press release detailing the job qualifications for candidates seeking to replace retiring Chief Brian Mullan.

He steps down at the end of the year and the process to choose a successor is expected to wrap up by the end of October.

“I think there’s just a general principle and objective within the board to make sure that the public is informed,” chair Bernie Morelli said.

“We’ve had some inquiries, people have asked, so we want certainly the public to know what we’re doing.”

Search consultants

To help with the selection process, the board has hired executive-search consultants Ray and Berndtson, who also helped develop the job qualifications.

Apart from “a respected record of hands-on police service at the senior level,” a long list of attributes demanded of candidates includes an ability to inspire trust and confidence, provide compelling leadership, maintain the highest standards of integrity and professionalism, and enhance the credibility and image of Hamilton police.

A commitment to community policing, acceptance of new ideas and understanding of modern management techniques are among other qualifications.

“Above all, the chief will be an enthusiastic and persuasive leader that inspires excellence and accountability as the Service moves forward,” the job posting states.

Mr. Morelli said the full police board will review candidates, select those to be short-listed for interviews or follow-up assignments, and hire the new chief.

“It’s a pretty thorough, pretty intense process,” he said. “In the past, boards have met for a full day, locked up, at a time. It’s pretty intense. Obviously, it’s a critical position.”

Chief search begins with public posting

News Aug 14, 2009 Ancaster News

So you think you can be Hamilton police chief? This isn’t So You Think You Can Dance, so chances are you w o u l d n’ t even dream of applying, given the highly spec demands of being top cop.

But the Hamilton police services board at least wants you to know the search is on, taking the novel step this week of issuing a press release detailing the job qualifications for candidates seeking to replace retiring Chief Brian Mullan.

He steps down at the end of the year and the process to choose a successor is expected to wrap up by the end of October.

“I think there’s just a general principle and objective within the board to make sure that the public is informed,” chair Bernie Morelli said.

“We’ve had some inquiries, people have asked, so we want certainly the public to know what we’re doing.”

Search consultants

To help with the selection process, the board has hired executive-search consultants Ray and Berndtson, who also helped develop the job qualifications.

Apart from “a respected record of hands-on police service at the senior level,” a long list of attributes demanded of candidates includes an ability to inspire trust and confidence, provide compelling leadership, maintain the highest standards of integrity and professionalism, and enhance the credibility and image of Hamilton police.

A commitment to community policing, acceptance of new ideas and understanding of modern management techniques are among other qualifications.

“Above all, the chief will be an enthusiastic and persuasive leader that inspires excellence and accountability as the Service moves forward,” the job posting states.

Mr. Morelli said the full police board will review candidates, select those to be short-listed for interviews or follow-up assignments, and hire the new chief.

“It’s a pretty thorough, pretty intense process,” he said. “In the past, boards have met for a full day, locked up, at a time. It’s pretty intense. Obviously, it’s a critical position.”