After San Jose Police Chief Chris Moore announced his retirement earlier this year, the community is voicing its opinions on what they want from the city's new top cop.
Wiggsy Siversten, a San Jose State University professor, who is on the search committee for a new chief, said she hopes the new chief will work with a diverse rainbow of people: all ages, all genders, all races. She also said she hopes the new chief will have a masterful command of the budget.
Kenneth Kelly, president of the United Neighborhoods of Santa Clara County, said he hoped the new chief would come from outside the department and be willing to make a long term commitment to San Jose.
Moore, a San Jose police insider, stunned his rank and file and many city leaders in September by announcing his retirement less than two years on the job.
Two sources told NBC Bay Area that "two names have come up more than once as potential new chiefs." Those names are Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer and Sacramento Police Chief Rick Braziel, who is set to soon retire from that city.
NBC Bay Area has not talked to either Dyer or Braziel to see if they are interested or applied for the job.
The public is invited to four public meetings, with the first one beginning on Monday, on the topic of replacing the chief.
- Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Berryessa Community Center, 3050 Berryessa Road, San Jose.
- Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Camden Community Center, 3369 Union Ave., San Jose.
- Dec. 3 from 6:30 p.m.to 8 p.m., Mayfair Community Center, 2039 Kammerer Ave., San Jose.
- Dec. 10 from 6:30 p.m.to 8 p.m., Southside Community Center, 5585 Cottle Road, San Jose.
Spanish and Vietnamese interpreters will be available at the meetings. Residents who are unable to attend a meeting but would like to submit written comments, may do so by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The public can also provide input by taking an online survey, available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.