Town Council Special Session


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  Item # 2.       
Meeting Date: 07/31/2019  
Requested by: Chris Brady Submitted By: Chris Brady, Human Resources
Department: Human Resources  

SUBJECT:
DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION REGARDING THE POLICE CHIEF RECRUITMENT PROCESS
RECOMMENDATION:
Staff recommends use of an executive search firm to assist the Town Council with the recruitment process and selection of the next Chief of Police.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:
Police Chief Daniel G. Sharp will be retiring from the Town of Oro Valley in February 2020 after an impressive career of over 40 years in law enforcement, the last 20 years being here with us at the Town of Oro Valley. Once Council has an opportunity to discuss the options, staff respectfully requests direction on how to proceed with the recruitment process.

Possible search options include doing an internal candidate-only recruitment or opening the recruitment process to both internal and external candidates. With each option, there are associated costs as well as advantages and disadvantages as outlined in the attached memorandum to this communication. Associated costs range from $3,500 - $50,000 depending on the recruitment option Council decides to take in the search process. Staff requests Council direction to move forward with the recruitment process for the next Chief of Police.
BACKGROUND OR DETAILED INFORMATION:
The Chief of Police position reports directly to Town Council.  As such, Town Council will determine the recruitment process to select the new Chief of Police when the position becomes vacant in February 2020.

Possible search options include doing an internal candidate-only recruitment or opening the recruitment process to both internal and external candidates.  With each option, there are associated costs as well as advantages and disadvantages as outlined in the attached memorandum to this communication.  Associated costs range from $3,500 - $50,000 depending on the recruitment option Council decides to take in the search process.  Staff requests Council direction to move forward with the recruitment process for the next Chief of Police.
FISCAL IMPACT:
Depending on the option chosen, estimated costs range from $3,500 - $50,000. The adopted FY 2019/20 budget did not specifically include funding dedicated to hiring an executive search firm for the Chief of Police recruitment. As such, should the Town Council choose this option, the approval to authorize the use of General Fund contingency reserves not to exceed $50,000 for this purpose is also included in the suggested motion language below.
SUGGESTED MOTION:
I MOVE to direct staff to proceed with an internal/external recruitment for Chief of Police utilizing an outside executive search firm and authorizing the use of General Fund contingency reserves not to exceed $50,000 for this purpose.

or

I MOVE to direct staff to proceed with an internal candidate-only recruitment for Chief of Police utilizing existing Human Resources staff with potential supplemental services from an executive search firm.
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Memo to Council


    

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