Youngstown mayor considers DC firm for help in police-chief search



The mayor is in discussions with a Washington, D.C., firm to assist him in hiring a new police chief.

Mayor Jay Williams declined to disclose the name of the company but said the firm could be hired in the next two to three weeks. The two parties also need to talk about the company’s fee, the mayor said.

The firm, which specializes in “searches for police executives,” could potentially screen and evaluate candidates as well as prepare the job announcement, Williams said.

The city is looking for a new police chief with the retirement of Chief Jimmy Hughes.

Hughes retired March 18, and has agreed to run the department until Aug. 31 while the city looks for a successor, Williams said.

The goal is to have a new chief by Aug. 31, he said.

Williams said he plans to seek input from representatives of the police department’s patrolmen and ranking officers unions as well as city council through its safety committee and members of his administration.

When asked if there will be any input from citizens, Williams said, “The issue of some sort of public ‘vetting’ of finalists is under consideration. If it does transpire, the manner in which it might occur is yet to be determined.”

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