City of South Pasadena | Community Forum on Hiring a New Police Chief

Community forum will take place on Monday, March 15, 2021, from 6-7 p.m.



The City of South Pasadena City Council and Public Safety Commission invite you to attend a virtual Community Forum to provide your input to the interim city manager as he contemplates the appointment of South Pasadena’s next Chief of Police. Community members in attendance will have an opportunity to share their thoughts about the desired qualities of the next chief, and characteristics a successful candidate should possess.

Members of the City Council, the Public Safety Commission, and the Interim City Manager will be in attendance to listen to all community input.

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Interim City Manager Sean Joyce encourages all stakeholders and community members to participate, stating, “Engagement and involvement are critical components of the process.”

Questions residents should be prepared to answer include:

  • What are the challenges in the community the new Police Chief will need to address?
  • What are traits and qualities that you would like to see in a successful candidate?
  • What types of professional experiences should the next Chief have?
  • What educational background should a Police Chief have?

After the Community Forum, the feedback will be consolidated and integrated into the recruitment process.

The following is additional information on some of the duties of the Chief of Police:

  • The Chief of Police is the highest-ranking officer in the Police Department. As a General Manager of the Police Department, the Chief is responsible for the planning, efficient administration, and operation of the Police Department. In this capacity, the Chief directs, plans, and coordinates the enforcement of the ordinances of the City, and the laws of the state and nation for the purpose of protecting persons and property and for the preservation of the peace of the community.
  • The Chief is responsible for testifying before the City Council, the state and national legislative bodies on law enforcement matters of importance to the City of South Pasadena; and, proposing new or amending existing legislation which could have an impact on law enforcement.
  • Assume full management responsibility for all department services and activities including law enforcement, crime prevention and crime suppression programs; recommend and administer policies and procedures.
  • Manage the development and implementation of department goals, objectives, policies and priorities for each assigned service area.
  • Select, train, motivate and evaluate assigned personnel; provide or coordinate staff training and career development; work with employees to correct deficiencies; implement discipline and termination procedures.
  • Oversee and participate in the development and administration of the department budget; approve the forecast of funds needed for staffing, equipment, materials and supplies; approve expenditures and implement budgetary adjustments as appropriate and necessary.
  • Explain, justify and defend department programs, policies and activities; negotiate and resolve sensitive and controversial issues.
  • Represent the Police Department and maintain a positive working relationship with other departments, elected officials, media, outside agencies and the police union.
  • Provide staff assistance to the City Manager; participate on a variety of boards, commissions, and committees; prepare and present staff reports and other necessary correspondence.

For a full description of the duties of the Chief of Police, please click here.

Community forum will take place on:

Monday, March 15, 2021, from 6-7 p.m.

Zoom info:

Topic: City Council / PSC Virtual Community Forum – Chief of Police Recruitment

Webinar ID: 935 6874 8517 Passcode: 265541

Zoom Link: