Santa Monica Serves as test Site

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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