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Somerville Community Invited to Help Guide Police Chief Recruitment

First Public Listening Sessions for SPD Chief Search Will Be Held February 28 and March 9; Sessions Will be Conducted by Executive Recruiting Firm GovHR

Mayor Katjana Ballantyne today invites the community to join two public listening sessions for the Somerville Police Chief recruitment led by GovHR, the national executive staffing firm the City has selected to conduct the search.

The listening sessions are an early opportunity for community members to voice their goals, concerns, and expectations of both the search process and prospective candidates. Community feedback will serve as an invaluable tool as GovHR begins their extensive recruitment process.

The session schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday, February 28, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
    • This session will be hosted in English with live ASL interpretation and transcription services.
  •  Thursday, March 9, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
    • This session will be hosted in English with live interpretation in ASL, Spanish, Portuguese, Haitian-Creole, Nepali, Cantonese, and Mandarin. Live transcription services will also be provided.

Somerville community members can register for the session on Tuesday, February 28, here: or by calling 311 (dial 311 or 617-666-3311). Registration information for the session on Thursday, March 9, will be shared closer to the date.

In advance of attending the sessions, community members are encouraged to consider what experience and priorities they believe the next Somerville Police Chief should possess to help ensure the GovHR search identifies candidates with the requisite qualifications and principles to lead the Somerville Police Department. 


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Persons with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication (i.e., CART, ASL), written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures in order to access the programs, activities, and meetings of the City of Somerville should please contact Adrienne Pomeroy in advance at 617-625-6600 x 2059 or
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Interpretation into any language is available upon advance request (at least 7 days advance) by contacting the SomerViva Office of Immigrant Affairs at or calling 311 at 617-666-3311.

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