The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) announced Friday morning a search to replace Chief Constable Jim Chu has begun.
Chief Jim Chu announced his retirement from the force on January 23, 2015, after 36 years as a VPD officer and seven and half years as Chief. In a board meeting on February 19, the Vancouver Police Board approved the establishment of a search sub-committee, the retention of an executive search firm and a community and stakeholder consultation process.
In a release issued by the VPD, the Board states it will appoint a three-member search sub-committee to conduct a national search. The Board will also hire search firm Pinton Forrest Madden (PFM) to assist the board with the search. PFM has worked with the VPD previously in their recruitment of Chu in 2007.
Part of PFM’s involvement with the search will include a community and stakeholder consultation with the public.
The first step of the consultation process was launched this morning with the VPD setting up a confidential email account to source public opinion and feedback on a number of issues related to the Department’s success and expectations for the new chief.
The Board is looking for feedback on:
- What is going well? What would you like the VPD to continue?
- What changes would you like to see?
- What do you think are the top challenges for the new chief?
- What particular attributes will the new chief need?
- What are some ways you will know that the new chief is doing a good job?
To send feedback, the public can confidentially email VPDChief@pfmsearch.com.