Burlington Suspends Search for New Police Chief | National policy


BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) – The city of Burlington is suspending its search for a new police chief after officials say they received too few qualified applicants.

WPTZ-TV reports that Mayor Miro Weinberger announced the move on Friday. Weinberger said he would recommend changes to the selection process to encourage more applicants.

Twenty-one people have applied for the job since the last post last month. Of these, none was female and only two met the minimum conditions for employment.

Weinberger said the city may want to increase the chef’s salary to make it competitive with other cities of similar size, and should also consider hiring a search firm to find qualified candidates. WPTZ reports that the current salary range for the position is $ 119,000 to $ 132,000.

Former chef Brandon del Pozo resigned in 2019 for using a fake social media account to heckle a critic. His successor, Jan Wright, also used a fake Facebook account to engage citizens on police policy and later resigned.

The department is now headed by interim chief Jon Murad, who said he had applied for the post on a permanent basis.

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