"In the past the mayor picked a new police chief," Reverend Jerome Warfield joked, but that's about to change.
Detroit's Board of Police Commissioners voted for a new way to search and appoint a new police chief. This comes after the Detroit Police Department has gone through 4 different top cops in the last three years, under Mayor Dave Bing.
The last two chiefs were wrapped up in sex scandals. Most recently Ralph Godbee retired after he was caught having an affair with an Internal Affairs Officer. This time around they hope to avoid that by changing how candidates are chosen and interviewed.
The police commissioners approved two firms that will conduct extensive searches and assessments of potential candidates. Empco of Troy and TJA Staffing of Detroit.
Two other companies backed out because of past involvement with Godbee.
The process is expected to be thorough, but not cheap. Commissioner and Reverend Jerome Warfield says it's expected to cost around $63 thousand. But he has reached out to the Detroit Public Safety Foundation, which could pick up most, if not the whole tab.
And this is not a done deal, details still need to be negotiated with both companies. Once that's done we're told the whole process is expected to take about 90 days. That's when the list of potential candidates will be handed over to Mayor Dave Bing.
He will then make a decision on the next police chief.