Rapid City mayor: police chief search could take months - KOTA Territory News

Rapid City mayor: police chief search could take months

It could be three months or longer before Rapid City has a new police chief.
During his quarterly progress report with the media Thursday, Rapid City Mayor Sam Kooiker said he will take as long as necessary to find the most qualified candidate.

In April, Police Chief Steve Allender announced that he will retire at the end of May.

Kooiker said an interim chief will likely be appointed during the selection process, which he said will involve a committee.
"You know, this position doesn't come open very often, so it's important that it be a process that includes community members, it includes people from the law enforcement profession," said Kooiker.
Kooiker said there is a broad scope of candidates but he would not expound only to say there are a lot of qualified people in the pool.

Once the mayor appoints a new chief, he or she must be confirmed by the city council.
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