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Redwood City manager announces plans for recruitment of next police chief

Residents are invited to provide input about the experience, skills and attributes they want to see in a new head of police
Police Chief Dan Mulholland (right)

Redwood City Manager Melissa Stevenson Diaz has announced plans for recruiting Redwood City's next chief of police.

The announcement comes after current Police Chief Dan Mulholland said in December that he would be retiring following nearly 40 years with the department. Mulholland is set to retire in May 2023.

A public executive recruiting firm will be tasked with conducting the search, according to the city. As part of the recruitment process, Stevenson Diaz says that she will be seeking input from the Redwood City community regarding the experience, skills and attributes that residents want to see in a new chief.

“The police chief is a critical leadership role for our community, shaping public safety services in Redwood City,” Stevenson Diaz said. “I am very interested in hearing community perspectives on the qualities needed in the next police chief.”

According to Stevenson Diaz, members of the community will be invited to provide feedback in a variety of ways.

At 9 a.m. on Feb. 4, a community meeting will be held in the City Hall Council Chambers, where Redwood City residents can input their feedback via in-person or virtually. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the same day, residents will be able to provide feedback at a booth located in Courthouse Square.

Residents can also fill out a community survey either online or in-person at any city facility — including the Downtown Library, Schaberg Branch Library, Redwood Shores Branch Library, Veterans Memorial Senior Center, Community Activities Building and Fair Oaks Community Center. 

Stevenson Diaz says that the recruiting process is expected to conclude — and a new police chief to be announced — by early May, prior to Mulholland's retirement.

To register for the upcoming community meeting, or to participate in the online survey, click here.

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