Public invited to Southfield police chief panel interview

By: Kayla Dimick | Southfield Sun | Published May 29, 2019

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SOUTHFIELD — Residents who would like to get in on the interview process for the city’s next police chief are invited to an upcoming panel interview.

The Southfield City Council will hold the interviews for the top four chief candidates at a special City Council meeting at 6 p.m. June 3 at City Hall, 26000 Evergreen Road.

The four final police chief candidates are Detroit Police Department Deputy Chief Elvin Barren, acting Southfield Police Chief Brian Bassett, Detroit Police Department Cmdr. Donafay Collins and Detroit Police Department Cmdr. Charles Mahone.

Community Relations Director Michael Manion said the public is encouraged to attend the interviews.

“As part of the police chief hiring process, the city is accepting questions from the public relating to the Police Department and the community in an effort to provide transparency and engage residents,” Manion said in a press release.

Manion said residents can email in their questions, which will be reviewed by the Human Resources Department. A panel of representatives from Southfield’s resident, business and religious communities will also interview the top two candidates.

Questions can be emailed to policechief@cityofsouthfield.com, Manion said.

City Administrator Fred Zorn said the city is hoping to hire a jack of all trades.

“Obviously, we would like an individual with a strong law enforcement background who is capable of interacting with a very diverse population,” Zorn said.

Safety is the city’s No.1 priority.

“We’re looking to ensure the safety of the entire community of our residents, as well as our business community,” Zorn said. “Somebody who is up to date on state-of-the-art practices and technology, while controlling costs, recognizing that our resources are finite.”

The national search follows former Chief Eric Hawkins’ departure from the department last summer to lead the Albany Police Department.

After Hawkins resigned, Zorn announced the appointment of Deputy Chief Nick Loussia and Deputy Chief Brian Bassett as acting chiefs Sept. 7.

According to city officials, Loussia oversees the investigations division, and Bassett directs the patrol division.

Zorn said the city is hoping to name a new chief by the end of June.

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