BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — Bloomington’s leaders are working to find the city’s next Chief of Police now that current Chief Clay Wheeler is retiring next week.
Last week City Manager, Tim Gleason, announced he would be taking over the search with the help of the Public Safety Community Relations Board. So Tuesday night, several members from the community gathered to share their opinions on characteristics necessary for a good chief.
Many believe having the opportunity to weigh in on the conversation is the best way to ensure everyone is happy with the next hire.
“I’m really grateful that we have this in place,” said Bloomington Resident Karla Bailey-Smith. “It’s not just important for our next Police Chief to have diversity training, it’s important for our next Police Chief to understand and acknowledge implicit bias and be willing to implement diversity training.”
If you missed tonights meeting but still want to weigh in on the discussion leaders say you can email your wards representative or you can reach out to a member of the Public Safety Community Relations Board.
“We are going to take all of what we heard tonight, put it in some notes and share it with the city manager,” said Robert Bosquez, Board Member. “We have no power in who the next chief is going to be, but we are sharing ideas that the community wants.”