The process to find Iowa City’s next Chief of Police is getting underway. 

Staff will spend the month of July finalizing a police chief recruitment profile that will be used throughout the estimated three to four month search process. 

The City has engaged an experienced public sector executive recruitment firm to help guide the process. Representatives from Slavin Management Consultants will assist the City in all phases of the search, starting with the recruitment profile.

“We want to create a profile that expresses the values of the community, as well as the characteristics and qualifications our city desires in the next Chief of Police,” Iowa City Interim City Manager Geoff Fruin said.

After the recruitment profile is created, an application period will open for those interested in the position.

Subsequently, the City Manager’s Office will select a group of semi-finalist candidates who will then be interviewed by a selection committee made up of community members, local law enforcement and City staff. Following formal interviews, a group of finalists will be publicly named and will participate in final interviews and a public meet and greet forum.

After considering feedback from the selection committee and the general public, the City Manager will then make an appointment and request final confirmation from the Civil Service Commission and the City Council.

The City aims to name a new Chief of Police by November of 2016.  

The public is invited and encouraged to provide input throughout the entire search process, including over the next two weeks as the recruitment profile is finalized. Comments can be emailed to or mailed/dropped off to City Hall.

All comments should be considered public and are subject to State of Iowa open records laws.

To view a tentative timeline and learn more about the search process, visit

Date of publication

Monday, July 11, 2016