The City of Brooklyn Center announced on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 that the search for a new police chief is on for a department that has been led by an interim chief since April 2021 after the last police chief resigned following the killing of Daunte Wright by one of his officers. Photo: Shutterstock
The City of Brooklyn Center announced on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 that the search for a new police chief is on for a department that has been led by an interim chief since April 2021 after the last police chief resigned following the killing of Daunte Wright by one of his officers. Photo: Shutterstock

The City of Brooklyn Center is officially looking for a new chief of police, the city announced Tuesday.

The city’s police department has been led by Interim Chief Tony Gruenig since April 13, 2021 when then Police Chief Tim Gannon resigned after one of his officers, Kim Potter, fatally shot 20-year-old Daunte Wright two days earlier. Potter was convicted last month for that killing.

Brooklyn Center Mayor Mike Elliott who announced Gannon’s resignation said at the time “We’re hoping that we’re turning over a new leaf now.”

DRI Consulting (DRIC) has been chosen to lead the national search for a new chief. The city described DRIC as a Minnesota-based consulting form of organizational psychologist that “has advised public safety agencies for decades.” The firm will work with the city’s leadership and hiring team in conducting the search.

The city said in a news release that it anticipates the search to be completed by late spring.

A number of factors are being considered for the new chief, the city said, and chief among them is a candidate that is a “strong transformational leader with an equity-focused lens.”

The city stated that some groundwork has been covered already in anticipation for starting the search, including engaging community and stakeholder groups to include interviews with what it called “key community stakeholders.” City staff and the police department have also been included in the interviews.

According to the city, it plans to continue engaging community members to solicit input on what is valuable and necessary in a new police chief.

The city is inviting input in the following ways:

  • Before Tuesday, February 15 – use this confidential online tool to share input https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BCChiefofPolice
  • Attend a virtual community meeting to provide input on what Brooklyn Center needs in a Police Chief.
  • Monday, February 7 (7-8 p.m.)
  • Thursday, February 10 (6-7 p.m.)

Zoom link will be provided, closer to event date. Visit the City of Brooklyn Center website for more. www.ci.brooklyn-center.mn.us

About Tom Gitaa

Born and raised in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa, Tom is the Founder, President and Publisher of Mshale. As the founder, he did a lot of the reporting during the humble beginnings of the newspaper. While he still does the occasional reporting, he now concentrates on the publishing side of the news operation. Tom was also the original host of Talking Drum, the signature current affairs show on the African Broadcasting Network (ABN-America), which was available nationwide in the United States via the Dishnetwork satellite service. On the show, he interviewed Nobel laureates such as 2004 Nobel Peace prize winner, Professor Wangari Maathai, the first woman from Africa to win the peace prize and heads of states such as the president of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh at State House, Banjul. Tom has served and chaired various boards including Global Minnesota (formerly Minnesota International Center), the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has previously served as President of the Board of Directors of Books for Africa, the largest shipper of donated books to Africa. He also serves on the boards of New Vision Foundation and the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium. Tom also served two terms on the board of the United Nations Association. He retired from running full marathons after turning 50 and now only focuses on half marathons.

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