Springfield Mayor seeking input on hiring police chief

SPRINGFIELD - Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder is seeking citizens' input on the traits that the city's next police chief should have.

Langfelder announced that the city will host Ward meetings over the next two weeks in an effort to collect input from Springfield residents.  The forums are part of an effort to select a new Springfield Police Chief, alongside a Police Review Panel.  

The meetings will be moderated by members of the panel, which includes retired Illinois State Police Captain Anna Abernathy, NAACP Springfield Branch President Teresa Haley, University of Illinois Police Chief Don Mitchell, retired United States Marshal Robert Moore, University of Illinois Instruction and Online Facilitator Tim Parsons-Heather, and Springfield Police Sergeant Joshua Stuenkel.  During these meetings, citizens will be encouraged to share their thoughts on what traits the new police chief should have, and what areas, if any, the new police chief will need to focus on.

The first two scheduled meetings will take place on June 3 at Southeast High School from 5:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m., and at the Firefighters Postal Lake Club from 7:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.  Any residents who want to provide input but cannot attend these meetings are encouraged to submit their feedback through the city's website by visiting www.springfield.il.us.

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