In December 2011, Santa Monica Police Chief Tim Jackman announced he would retire early in 2012. As city manager, I was determined to carry out a nationwide search and not be content to simply interview the usual list of candidates.
I had become aware that ICMA was doing work with industrial psychologists on the traits and characteristics that are
essential for police and fire chiefs to be successful in local governments across the United States. This was intriguing to me, and I wanted to be sure that this recruitment was tailored to Santa Monica’s unique needs.
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Rod Gould authored “Lessons Learned From the Witch Creek Fire” in 2008 while serving as the City Manager of Pomona. This article went on to win the International Communicator Award – Gold Medal.
Sunday, Oct. 21, 2007, dawned like any other warm and sunny autumn morning in the City of Poway. However, by noon there was smoke in the air and a reported wildfire between Julian and Ramona, east of Poway. The Red Cross set up an evacuation center at the Poway High School gym. Fire, law enforcement and city officials gathered to assess intelligence about the spread of the fire. After a meeting of the cooperative agencies, our best guess was that fires would enter the City of Poway at 5:00 a.m. the next morning.
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