Public hearing on Mayor Frey’s police chief nominee scheduled for Oct. 26

October 19, 2022

The City Council’s Public Health and Safety Committee will hold a public hearing Wednesday, Oct. 26 on Mayor Jacob Frey’s nomination of Brian O’Hara to serve as police chief.

In 2001, O’Hara joined the Newark Police Department as a police officer, rising through the ranks to become a captain in 2016. In 2021, he was appointed as the public safety director for Newark overseeing more than 1,960 employees comprising 996 sworn police officers, 611 firefighters and 346 civilian employees and a budget that exceeded $200 million. In that role, O’Hara enhanced the collaborative working relationships among federal, state and local partners.

As former captain of the Newark Police Department’s Consent Decree & Planning Division (2017-2020), O’Hara has worked extensively with the Department of Justice on the 2016 consent decree between the U.S. and the City of Newark. The chief of police position is a four-year appointment.

Public hearing on nomination of Brian O’Hara for police chief 
1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26
City Council’s Public Health & Safety Committee, room 317, City Hall, 350 S. Fifth St.
Learn more about participating in a public hearing.