Update: Hiring Process for LR’s Next Police Chief Underway

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Update: 

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – It’s been two weeks since the application process for Little Rock Police Chief closed and tonight we’re learning newly elected Mayor Frank Scott Jr. and the community will play a prominent role in the decision. 

57 people applied for the position. 

The mayor says he will hold community forums for the top 3-5 applicants and they will present their plan for the city. 

Two assistant chiefs for LRPD have applied, it’s unclear if they will be finalists yet. 

“We’re keeping all doors open. We want to make sure that we have the best candidate but yes, absolutely yes, we have some great candidates that are right here from Arkansas, right here from the City of Little Rock that have already applied,” says Mayor Frank Scott Jr.

No hiring timeline has been announced. 

Original story:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (News release) – On Tuesday, Jan. 8, Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. began the implementation of a new City of Little Rock organizational structure. It aligns his administration with a 2007 Ordinance that details the mayor’s executive power. 

Mayor Scott has notified the Little Rock Board of Directors, city manager and departmental leaders of the change, which takes place immediately. 

Mayor Scott has also directed the city attorney to codify the Ordinance, which was passed by the citizens of Little Rock.

In part, the 2007 Ordinance states Mayor Scott “shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the City and the City Manager shall be the Chief Administrative Officer of the City.”

All City departments report to the mayor, through the city manager; however, the following six departments will report directly to the mayor’s office: Finance; Fire; Human Resources; Planning and Development; Police; and Public Works. Therefore, the mayor will exercise his executive powers to hire department heads, including our next police chief.

In addition, the Ordinance states Mayor Scott “shall have the authority to nominate, hire, or remove the City Manager and the City Attorney…” subject to the approval of the Board of Directors, and the powers and duties granted to the City Manager “shall be performed at the direction of the Mayor.” Mayor Scott will outline and direct all duties and responsibilities for the City Manager to execute in his role as Chief Administrative Officer, as outlined in the Ordinance.

“More than ten years ago, the citizens of our great city voted for change in leadership at city hall, and in December they elected me to bring it forth,” Scott said. “Now, it is my responsibility to A.C.T., that is to be Accountable, to be Clear, and to be Transparent. This organizational structure is to ensure that City Hall is aligned with the Ordinance and that our city knows that City Hall will be accountable, clear, and transparent to the citizens of Little Rock. I’m excited about the progress our city leadership will now be able to focus on under my direction.”

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