On Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016, three Police Chief finalists will gather in Iowa City to complete the final phase of the selection process including a public meet and greet event. The meet and greet will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Assembly Room of the Senior Center, located at 28 S. Linn Street. Following brief introductions, members of the public will be able to interact with the candidates one-on-one in an informal setting and be given an opportunity to provide feedback to the City Manager.

Slavin Management Consultants was hired in July to conduct a national search. After developing a recruitment profile based on community input, Slavin recruited applicants through industry networks and advertisements in the following outlets: 1) International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP); 2) International City/County Management Association (ICMA); 3) Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA); 4) National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE); 5) National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives (NAWLEE); among others. Of the 18 candidates, four semi-finalists were interviewed by two committees made up of community members and City staff.  Following these interviews, three finalists were selected and include: Rich Austin, Jr. of Charlotte, NC; Troy Kelsay of Iowa City; and Jody Matherly of Altoona.

Rich Austin is currently a Captain in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. He has served that department in several roles beginning in 1993, including Internal Affairs, Field Services, Community Police Officer, and Patrol Officer. He also served as a Patrol Officer and Detective with the Pineville, NC Police Department from 1990-1993 before joining the Charlotte-Mecklenburg organization. Austin holds Masters Degrees in Public Administration, Music Performance, Criminal Justice, and Christian Education. He is currently working toward a Doctorate in Public Administration.

Troy Kelsay is currently a Captain with the Iowa City Police Department. He has served Iowa City since 1991 in several roles, including Captain in charge of Field Operations, Lieutenant, and Public Information Officer. He also served as Interim Chief during the current transition. Prior to his service in Iowa City, Kelsay served as a member of the Coralville Police Department from 1986-1991. Kelsay holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Iowa.
Jody Matherly is currently serving as Chief of Police in Altoona, Iowa. He has served in this role since 2012. Matherly also served as Chief of Police in Grinnell from 2003-2012. Prior to moving to Iowa, Matherly served the Flint, Michigan Police Department for 16 years, from 1987-2003, ending his service in Flint as a Police Lieutenant. He also held the position of Police Officer in smaller departments in Michigan from 1983-1987. Matherly holds a Master of Liberal Studies Degree in Interdisciplinary Technology and a Bachelor of Science Degree.

Further information about the finalists, including their cover letters and resumes, can be found atwww.icgov.org/policechiefsearch.

The public will have the opportunity to provide feedback to the City Manager regarding the candidates by completing a comment sheet at the meet and greet, by submitting comments online through a survey available at www.icgov.org/policechiefsearch, or by emailing comments topolicechiefsearch@iowa-city.org.  All public comments are due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016. Hard copy comment sheets should be turned in to the Human Resources Office at City Hall, 410 E. Washington Street.

Following the public meet and greet and time to receive and review public comments, the City Manager will forward the final candidate to the Civil Service Commission for certification to the hiring list and will then appoint the new chief subject to formal approval by the City Council.

To learn more details regarding the search process and finalists, visitwww.icgov.org/policechiefsearch.

Date of publication

Thursday, November 03, 2016