“They’re just here to cause commotion and be a thorn in our sides. Elise Schmelzer is the public safety reporter at The Denver Post and covers police, crime and criminal justice. GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. “The morale is horrible,” he said. The new chief will have to regain trust with community members, navigate discussions about defunding the agency, respond to city, state and federal investigations into the death of McClain, and work with a group trying to establish civilian oversight over the department. The agenda lists the item of business as “approval of the Appointment of _______ as the Chief of Police.”. Keeler: Jeff Bridich is a coward. City Council will meet with management at 3:30 p.m. Monday for a executive session not open to the public to discuss “personnel matters/negotiations,” according to the meeting agenda published Friday. I don’t care!”. Police Chief, Avery Moore, middle, answers a community members question during the June 23 virtual town hall with the four finalists to become Aurora… The council and the mayor will then vote to approve the hire during the 7:30 p.m. council meeting. When Vanessa Wilson was appointed the interim chief of the Aurora Police Department in December, she didn’t shy from the fact that she was taking over after a string of negative incidents. She studied journalism and Spanish literature at the University of Missouri. “Given the inferno we’re in, it would be deaf to Aurora to pick someone who doesn’t know our history, our culture,” she said. Why have models of Colorado’s coronavirus trajectory been off? The Aurora Police Department is responsible for providing law enforcement services to a growing, urban/suburban community with unique and ever-changing needs. GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. And you know what, I don’t want their trust. 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As interim chief, Wilson’s handling of large protests in the city has been criticized by protesters as well as those who oppose the protests. He should be thankful Rockies fans still care. Why have models of Colorado’s coronavirus trajectory been off? “Let’s be honest, I’m stepping in at a very turbulent time,” Wilson said at the news conference. Aurora Police Chief Kristen Ziman is one of five finalists to lead the Nashville Police Department. The union is open to having conversations about shifting some of those responsibilities to civilians hired within the department, but doesn’t want the agency’s budget reduced, he said. During a meeting last week of a council committee, Wilson and other top departmental leaders responded to questions about use-of-force, including data that shows Aurora police disproportionately use force against Black people. When she's not writing, she disappears into the mountains to hike and fish. After year of controversy, who should lead the Aurora Police Department? October 10, 2019 at 6:00 a.m. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS. After year of controversy, who should lead the Aurora Police Department? He also was involved in the investigation into Nate Meier, the Aurora officer found passed out drunk in his car while on duty. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. City’s pick for Aurora police chief to be…, Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Submit to Stumbleupon (Opens in new window). The latter message is more common, he said. As Aurora police chief, Ziman oversees Illinois’ second-largest police department, with about 300 officers. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! She is a graduate of West Aurora High School and started as a Police Cadet at the Aurora Police Department in 1991. Aurora City Council will decide Monday whether to approve the hiring of the city’s next police chief, but it’s unclear which of the four finalists the city manager chose to lead the third-largest department in the state. “I don’t think that we have the trust of the activists,” Sears said. An analysis of all 2019 incidents in which Aurora police reported they used force shows that 47% of the people officers used force against were Black. “She’s had a trial by fire, ever since she became interim,” Councilwoman Marsha Berzins said. Sears attributed all of the criticism of the agency to a small group that happens to have a large audience, including the news media. Existing knowledge of Aurora’s growing and deeply multicultural community is a must, Bailey said. The new chief will also have to address sinking morale inside the department, the results of multiple ongoing investigations into McClain’s death, a community push for civilian oversight of the agency, fallout from a protest where officers used pepper spray and force on a largely peaceful crowd, a significant uptick in violent crimes and national conversations about the future of policing. Commander Marcus Dudley, with the Aurora Police Department, responds to a question during the June 23 virtual town hall with the four finalists to become Aurora's new police chief. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. We’re in a period of incredible change. She studied journalism and Spanish literature at the University of Missouri. In the past year, the department has been embroiled in the following controversies: One of the internal candidates is intimately familiar with some of the most high-profile incidents of the past year. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! https://denver.cbslocal.com/2020/08/03/aurora-police-chief-arrest-video The controversies haven’t stopped since then, even as the city searched for a permanent chief to lead the department. Jones, of Baltimore County, applied to be chief of Columbus, Ohio, in the fall of 2019 but was not selected. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. “I’m not blaming any individual officer or any individual chief of police,” Marcano said. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS. He should be thankful Rockies fans still care. GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. “I tell chiefs, the good news is you got the job and the bad news is you got the job,” he said. Aurora leaders on Monday hired Vanessa Wilson to be the city’s new police chief — the first woman to hold the position. The criticism constituted the bulk of public comment and included calls to defund the department, the arrests of the officers involved in the death of McClain and multiple opinions that the department is irreparable. A spokesman for the city of Aurora declined a request to interview the two internal candidates, Wilson and Cmdr. We will be a transparent partner dedicated to making Aurora a safer city for all, with respect for our diversity, an embrace of unity, and continual conversation about how we can do better.”.