Ashland's Search for Police Chief

An Update on Ashland's Search for Police Chief

October 31, 2021

Ashland is in the process of searching for a new permanent Police Chief while the department continues under the stewardship of Acting Chief Briggs. 

The role of the Police Chief is a critically important and visible position in the town. While the position is appointed by the Town Manager, it is vital that the person appointed reflects the vision and characteristics of the community. Therefore, public input will be a part of my selection process. In order to help with that process, I have asked Retired Chief John Moore to help gather community input and incorporate that input into a candidate profile. That input will be gathered formally in two ways:

1) Next week, a brief survey will be available that the public can take to let me know what you are looking for in your next Police Chief. This survey will help us identify what you think are the most important attributes, skills, and abilities that our next Police Chief should possess. This will also be an opportunity for you to let me know what you feel are the most important issues that you would like to see the next Police Chief address. This survey will be open until Nov 30th. Access the survey here

2) During the same period, I will also be convening a series of focus groups to help explore in greater detail specific subject areas. More information to come. 

After this input is obtained, we will develop a candidate profile which will be used to help us find our ideal candidate. Applications will be accepted and reviewed by myself and our Human Resources Director, and candidates that are moved forward will meet with a screening committee, who will, in turn, recommend one or more finalists to me. Those finalists will be interviewed in public session, with an offer of employment extended afterward subject to meeting certain requirements and provisions. 

I hope that you can invest a little bit of your time in helping me with this selection. Your input will help ensure that we have the right Police Chief for Ashland.

-Michael Herbert
Town Manager