Thursday, January 20, 2011

Batts Really Wants San Jose Job

By Robert Gammon
Thu, Jan 20, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Oakland Police Chief Anthony Batts apparently really wants to be San Jose’s next police chief. Last week, he underwent an extensive interview for the job, according to San Jose City Manager Debra Figone. In a memo to the San Jose city council, Figone said Batts and other applicants were interviewed by a panel of forty “stakeholders,” including community members, actitivists, and public safety professionals.

Figone also said that Batts and the other finalist for the job will undergo a one-on-one interview with her, along with “a psychological evaluation; a background review; discussions with professional and personal references; and a leadership and management assessment” before the city makes its decision in early February.

Here is Figone’s letter:

In light of recent media attention on the Police Chief recruitment, this memo is intended to provide an update on the recruitment process.

Last week three panels interviewed a group of finalists for the position. More than 40 stakeholders sat on these panels, including community members and activists, public safetyprofessionals from within and outside the Department, other City Department managers, and representatives from my office. Following a full day of interviews, the panel groups provided feedback on all of the candidates, and out of that process two finalists have advanced in the process.

As the City Council knows, reaching this stage of the process involved a considerable public engagement through community meetings, as well as with internal stakeholders. The goal of this has been to. ensure that in selecting the next Chief, I take into account a diverse range of community and internal viewpoints. This more public process culminated last week with the panel interviews.

As I move into the final phase, which by its nature will be a more confidential process, I want to share with you some detail about the back-grounding that will occur for each candidate. Among other things, this vetting will include: an additional one-on-one interview with the City Manager; a psychological evaluation; a background review; discussions with professional and personal references; and a leadership and management assessment. This is designed to ensure that I have as much information as possible (including confidential information) about both candidates, so that I am confident the next Chief will have the professional experience, competencies, and aptitude necessary to lead the Department and meet the needs of the community and the workforce.

I expect to complete my review over the next two weeks and to bring my recommendation for Police Chief to the City Council for a closed session confirmation vote in early February.

(hat tip — Sanjiv Handa, East Bay News Service)

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