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Process to hire top cop in Albany moves forward

February 09, 2018 06:50 PM

ALBANY -  From retirement to promotion, Troy had a new police chief in less than a month. Troy's is a civil service tested position, with a list of eligible applicants. That's not the case in Albany.

"We are going through a very deliberative process. It is taking a long time, in part, because we have a great acting chief.  Bob Sears is doing a fantastic job," explained Albany Mayor, Kathy Sheehan.

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Albany is in the final stages of securing an outside firm to coordinate its chief search.  Representatives from the firm will then meet with the community and stakeholders in the city to determine what kind of chief will best serve Albany.

"It's an opportunity to engage the community and talk about what's working and changes they'd like to see.  And to build a profile for the city and conduct a national search."

The firm will cost $26,000 and Mayor Sheehan believes the expertise will be invaluable. Sheehan hopes to have someone in place by the summer.

"It's also nice to have that perspective about police. Searches that occurred in other cities across the country and what worked in other communities."

NewsChannel 13 spoke to Acting Chief Sears on Friday and asked if he's applying. He said he's "very interested" in the job. The chief is required to live in the city and Bob Sears does not currently.

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Abigail Bleck

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