Group Speaks Out About Police Chief Search

By: Amaka Ubaka Email
By: Amaka Ubaka Email

An Omaha group is speaking out about what they want to see in a new police chief.

Omaha Alliance held a press conference Tuesday morning to talk about changes they want to see with a new leader. The organization represents the private sector.

Executive Director, Chip Maxwell, told Channel Six News the biggest change they hope to see is a long-term commitment.

In the past eight and half years, Omaha has had three police chiefs. It’s a pattern the group says costs taxpayers nearly ten million in pension liability.

Maxwell says he hopes the new leader will commit to the job for at least five years.

“We can't afford another short timer, we can't afford another stop, start change in the police,” says Maxwell.

Maxwell also wants the city to hold a meet and greet with the community for the top three candidates.

The group also wants the new police chief to have experience with using technology and analysis to deter crime. They also hope the new chief has proven leadership, but they say they’re not opposed to an internal candidate.

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