The city’s on the verge of hiring the International Association of Chiefs of Police to help helm the national search for a new top cop.
The organization bills itself the “world’s largest and most influential professional association for police leaders.”
Randi Frank who leads the executive search firm the city hired to vet the 2018 police chief search will not be part of this process. Former top cop Armando Perez was recently released from prison for scheming to rig the examination that year.
The International Association of Chiefs of Police “definitely hit the majority of criteria we used in order to have a fair and transparent selection mechanism,” Personnel Director Eric Amado told CT Post’s Brian Lockhart.
“I think to ensure a top quality candidate and to regain public trust, a firm of this caliber is necessary,” Council President Aidee Nieves said of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Amado and White confirmed that in hiring IACP the city would forgo the typical competitive bid process typically required when Bridgeport spends taxpayer dollars on goods and services. Amado noted the charter gives him the authority as personnel head to obtain assistance when necessary to carry out such searches. He said IACP was selected from a list of 20 to 30 agencies.
“My office staff, myself conducted research on all the major firms within the nation that have knowledge, experience and the capacity to conduct a nationwide search … with a particular focus on whether they have specialized knowledge and ability on chiefs of police,” Amado said.
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