Mayor Frey launches national recruitment push for police chief

March 6, 2022

Today, Mayor Jacob Frey and the City of Minneapolis announce the launch of a national search for a new Chief of Police. The City has brought on Public Sector Search & Consulting Inc. (PSSC) to oversee and lead this process. PSSC is a national executive search firm focused exclusively on police executive searches.

The firm’s CEO, Gary Peterson, is a retired Chief of Police from the City of Martinez in the San Francisco Bay Area and has led the most recent national police chief searches for Dallas, TX, Raleigh, NC, San Jose, CA, Nashville, TN, Albuquerque, NM, Seattle, WA, San Francisco, CA, and Kansas City, MO. Dr. Cedric L. Alexander, additionally part of the PSSC search firm team, has extensive experience and expertise in community engagement. Dr. Alexander has served as the police chief in Rochester, NY, and Dekalb County, GA, and was appointed by President Obama to the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

Mayor Frey will also be forming a search committee made up of diverse community members to help with front-end processes, interview candidates vetted by PSSC, and recommend candidates to the mayor for final consideration. The mayor’s office is in the process of finalizing the search committee and will release names of participants this week. City staff will also support the search committee’s work.

“This will be one of the most consequential hires we ever make,” said Frey. “The importance of hiring a reform-minded Chief of Police to lead a culture shift in our department cannot be overstated. It has never been more crucial or necessary to bring in a leader who can rebuild our department and achieve a renewed reality of public safety in the community. Now is the time. We must get this right.”

“Our team has been at the forefront of bringing new leadership to police departments across the country to instill community-minded values, innovation, and reforms,” said Gary Peterson, CEO of Public Sector Search & Consulting Inc. “We are honored to be partnering with Minneapolis at this critical time and will be engaging stakeholders and community to inform the process and guide our search for the right Chief of Police to lead MPD into the future.”    

The search process will involve significant engagement with internal and external stakeholders. PSSC has already begun meetings with internal stakeholders including the mayor and City Council Members. PSSC will also conduct community stakeholder meetings with individuals and groups identified by the City. They will hold a separate discussion with Minneapolis Police Department command staff and labor representation. The input that PSSC gathers from these different stakeholders will be reviewed, summarized, and used to support the creation and development of a Position Profile – and to inform the selection process.  

PSSC will then finalize the Position Profile, post an official job posting, and begin recruitment efforts. The search committee will review candidate information and select candidates for interviews. After interviews are completed by the search committee, they will forward final candidates on to Mayor Frey for additional interviews and consideration. Mayor Frey will interview final candidates before making a selection.

Mayor Frey’s nominated candidate will go through a background process conducted by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) before the nomination and confirmation goes through the Minneapolis City Council for approval.

The search process is anticipated to be complete by summer 2022.