San Jose: Chief search narrowed to insiders and Pittsburgh police vet

SAN JOSE — The city announced Monday that its search for the next leader of the San Jose Police Department has narrowed to three internal commanders and a police veteran with Pittsburgh police, who launched his candidacy after the city twice extended application deadlines to bolster its outside prospects.

SJPD acting Chief David Tindall, Deputy Chief Anthony Mata and Deputy Chief Heather Randol are joined by retired Pittsburgh Assistant Chief Larry Scirotto as the final four from whom City Manager David Sykes says he will select and present to the city council for confirmation by the end of March.

Tindall, Mata and Randol were part of an initial pool of seven finalists announced in late January, but the application process was extended after two of the three external finalists, Minneapolis police Chief Medaria Arradondo and ex-Oakland chief Anne Kirkpatrick abruptly withdrew from consideration. It had already been extended once before at the start of the year, after the city got a lackluster draw from outside the department that officials blamed in part the holiday season; the application window began Nov. 30.

Two weeks ago, the city added to its finalist list Scirotto and Anchorage police Chief Justin Doll, to join the Tindall, Mata, Randol, SJPD Capt. Jason Ta and Piedmont police Chief Jeremy Bowers, a longtime SJPD alum. All seven participated in a virtual forum on Feb. 13, which was followed by interview panels with community leaders and residents Wednesday and Thursday.

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“We heard from many panelists that they are looking for a Chief of Police that understands the needs of the community as it relates to advancing a racial equity framework, and who has the transformative leadership capability to ensure that current policies and procedures see continued change,” Sykes wrote in Monday’s memo.

Tindall and Randol are White, Mata is Latino, and Scirotto is biracial and identifies as Black. If selected, Randol and Scirotto would be the first people of their gender and racial backgrounds, respectively, to serve as San Jose police chief.

Scirotto would also be looking to reverse nearly a half-century of local history as an outside candidate with no time spent at SJPD. The city has not selected a truly external police chief since 1976 when Joe …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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