June Chief of Police Search Update from Mayor Kessler

Wednesday, Jun 8, 2022 at 2:17 pm

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The initial round of applications have been received, and we received 21 applicants from a variety of agencies across the country, with most applicants located in the midwest. Based upon preliminary vetting performed by our interview committee in consultation with our search consultant, we have narrowed the field of candidates down to eight applicants who will participate in an initial interview round. Our initial round candidates are quality candidates with a diversity of experience and background among them, and I’m excited to see this process progress into the interview phase. Please note that applications could still be accepted, and it is possible that additional candidates could be added to this list prior to the initial round of interviews.

Candidate List
Gaviglia, ScottChief of Police 
Union Township Police Department 
Cincinnati, OH
Gough, Kenneth Deputy Chief of Police 
Bexley Police Department 
Bexley, OH
Lewis, GaryAssistant Vice President of Operations / Chief of Police 
University of Louisville 
Louisville, KY
McDowell, VictorDeputy Chief of Police 
Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority 
Police Department 
Richmond Heights, OH
Overly, Dawn Administrative Sergeant 
Bexley Police Department 
Bexley, OH
Stiver, WendyIndependent Consultant
Formerly Charleston Police Department and Dayton Police Department
Charleston, SC
Torquati, StephanDeputy Patrol Commander 
City of New Haven 
Police Department, Community Patrol Operations / Traffic Division 
New Haven, CT
Wiley, JerryFormer Site Liaison 
Birmingham Police Department 
National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice 
Birmingham, AL

Updated Timeline (Estimated):

Late June:

  • City interview committee interviews initial round of candidates and narrows down to finalist candidates

Early to mid July: 

  • Finalist candidate interviews
  • Town hall / similar public forum to meet finalist candidates, facilitated with opportunity for public Q&A

Late July: 

  • Contract offer and negotiations with selected candidate

Interview Process

As a reminder, the interview committee will include Mayor Kessler as well as the following individuals:

Tiffany Hunt, Civilian Review Board
Rachael Laing, Civil Service Commission
Council Member Monique Lampke
Council Member Sam Marcellino
Council President Troy Markham
Lee Nathans, Civil Service Commission
John Offenberg, Civil Service Commission

The interview committee has met several times and discussed process as well as talking through the complete list of initial candidates.  

Town Hall & Community Input Details

The date and details of the finalist candidate town hall are still being finalized, but we’re looking at the first couple of weeks in July. If you would like to help with setup, logistics, etc. please email Nataile Vawter––and let us know! We’d love to have community participation in the running of the town hall. 

Community input will continue to be a critical and central piece of the process, both by guiding the process based on feedback received to date, as well as through the town hall / public forum portion of the finalist interview process.

As a reminder, resources will continue to be posted to  

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