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No New Police Chief Until Funds Are Raised For Search

DETROIT (WWJ) – The Detroit Police Department could see changes in the weeks ahead if a search for the new police chief gets underway.

From his west side Detroit church, Police Commission Chair Rev. Jerome Warfield talked to WWJ Newsradio 950’s Stephanie Davis about the decisions ahead for the commission: including deciding on structural changes recently proposed by the interim chief Chester Logan and backed by the mayor.

“We need a holistic approach … instead of just promoting two chiefs of police and elevating one member or three other members,”said Warfield. “If we need to do wholesale change in the department, let’s do it, and let’s do it to where it makes sense.”

And following the abrupt retirement of former police chief Ralph Godbee, the Commission per city charter has to create a pool of potential candidates to recommend to the mayor. Two firms will be hired to do the search as soon as possible at a cost of $68,000.

“We are waiting for the contracts to be signed. We are trying to do this outside of the general fund, so we are looking at other foundations to pay for this,” said Warfield.

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