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Harrisonburg continues its search for next police chief

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Published: Mar. 29, 2018 at 7:32 PM EDT
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Harrisonburg city leaders continue their nationwide search to find the right person to lead the city's police force.

According to Harrisonburg City Manager Eric Campbell, the city has finalized a contract worth almost $27,000 with Novak Consulting Group to assist in the search for the new police chief.

"Right now," Campbell said, "my goal is to develop a really strong search process."

The new police chief will take over the duties from Steve Sellers, interim police chief who took on the job after Stephen Monticelli resigned from the position last year.

Campbell hopes to hear from those in the community and officers in the department as the search process continues.

"It's important for me to get feedback first from the rank and file officers, as well as the community," Campbell said. "But as I start evaluating some of the candidates, some of the things I will be looking for is someone who is a strong leader and a person who can relate to the rank and file officers in the department."

Campbell said he hopes to find somebody who has a strong sense of civic engagement and can relate to the overall community.

The search process could take several months but Campbell hopes to announce the new police chief by July 1, 2018.