East County News Service
August 23, 2017 (San Diego) – San Diego Police Chief Shelley Zimmerman is retiring next March. Now Mayor Kevin Faulconer has announced plans to hold four community forums in September to get public input on the process of choosing a new chief.
The meetings slated are in downtown, Mira Mesa, La Jolla and the Euclid area.
But Councilman David Alvarez is criticizing secrecy of the panel that will actually interview and choose the next police chief, since its members will not be disclosed to the public, KNSD reports. Alvarez also voiced concern that none of the meetings are scheduled in southeast San Diego, where there have been racial tensions and concerns over police use of force.
The mayor’s office has not scheduled any additional hearings despite being asked about Alvarez’ concerns by KNSD TV.
The meetings scheduled for community input are:
Thursday, Sept. 21 at 6 p.m.
Standley Recreation Center (3585 Governor Drive, San Diego, CA 92122)
Saturday, Sept. 23 at 1 p.m.
Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation (404 Euclid Ave., San Diego, CA 92114)
Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m.
Mira Mesa Senior Center (8460 Mira Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92126)
Thursday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m.
St. Paul’s Cathedral (2728 Sixth Avenue, San Diego, CA 92103)