SAN JOSE (KCBS)— San Jose’s search for a new police chief is being fast tracked as the city manager hopes to have a new top cop in place by the end of January. That’s also when current Police Chief Chris Moore is retiring.
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San Jose Communications Director Dave Vossbrink said whether the chief will actually be in the chair by January depends on where the selection comes from.
“Someone has to give notice and provide the proper time in the previous city. It could be different if this selection is in house,” he said.
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Vossbrink said during the interview process candidates will be asked how they intend to address a number of issues, including low morale in the department as a result of staffing and benefit cuts. In addition he said they’re looking for a good communicator.
The next chief will also need to find new and creative ways to deliver police services, especially using modes of technology.
“Technology is something that can help us become more effective and more efficient and as we look forward,” Vossbrink said. “That’s something that we expect from our officers and city and our community will expect the next chief to find solutions to use.”MORE NEWS: Former Oakland Police Captain Wounded During Fatal Shooting At Gas Station
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