July 13: New Police Chief Announced

Police Chief Announced
Phoenix is excited to announce Jeri Williams has been named the new Police Chief! City leaders introduced the new Chief on Thursday, July 14 at a news conference. Download PDF with her biography and resume.

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 June 2016: Finalists Forum

Police Chief Finalist Forum Watch Finalists Forum video on Youtube.  Residents interested in the Phoenix Police Chief hiring had a unique opportunity to contribute to the selection process, first-hand, at a public forum for final-round candidates. Successful finalists for the chief position participated in an open meeting that included questions from the public.

Residents asked questions and met the chief finalists at a moderated public forum on Monday, June 6, in the Phoenix City Council Chambers. During the forum the candidates had an opportunity to introduce themselves to the community and then answer as many questions as possible in a moderated setting.  Learn more about the meeting.

May 2016: Finalists Announced

The Finalists were announced. Download PDF with the names, photographs, and short biographies of the finalists.

April 2016: Semi-Finalists Announced

Police Chief Semi-Finalists

Ten semi-finalist candidates were  invited to interview for the position of Phoenix Police Chief.  The semi-finalists were chosen from a pool of 65 applications the city received after opening up the recruitment process earlier this year. Download PDF with the names and photographs of candidates or Read News Release

​Recruitment Timeline

November 2015 – Seven community meetings were held to get input from business and community leaders, neighborhood groups and other key stakeholders on what they think are important traits for the new Phoenix Police Chief. In addition, a community survey was conducted to gather input from the community on the skills and attributes most desired in the next leader of the Phoenix Police Department. ​Read News Release

December 2015 Survey results released (PDF)

January 2016 – National recruitment begins. Police Chief Recruitment Brochure (PDF)

April 2016 – Top 10 semi-finalist candidates announced. Download PDF with the names and photographs of candidates or Read News Release

May 2016 - Semi-finalist interviews including traditional interview process 

May 23, 2016 - Finalists announced (PDF).

June 2016 - Finalist interviews

June 6, 2016:  Finalists Forum. More than 300 people attended the moderated forum. The three finalists discussed police body cameras,  diversity in hiring, building bridges within the community and leadership among other topics. The city received 170 questions from residents via email, voicemail and on handwritten cards at the forum. Watch Finalist Forum video on Youtube

July 13, 2016 – New chief announced    

July 14, 2016Watch News Conference

October 28, 2016 – Swearing-In Ceremony