Mesa City Manager Chris Brady announced today that the search for a new police chief has been narrowed to four finalists. The individuals moving to the next steps and final interviews in the selection process are current Mesa Police Department Interim Chief Michael Dvorak; Jose Banales, chief of police for the Texas State University Police Department; Ramon Batista, assistant chief of police for the Tucson Police Department and Robert Davis, senior vice president and practice lead for Law Enforcement Consulting Services and former chief of police for the San Jose Police Department.
“The candidates interviewed during this recruitment are public safety professionals with superior credentials and experience.” Brady said. “I am excited that we have four very qualified individuals who have the knowledge, skills and experience to lead our police department. All the candidates who have participated are strong leaders and represent the best in their field.”
The four finalists were recommended by two community panels made up of a wide range of individuals representing diverse business, neighborhood and civic interests. The next steps in the interview process will include presentations by the candidates to Mesa Police Department civilian and sworn staff followed by an interview with a peer panel of city department heads and meetings with the mayor and City Council members. In addition, a community open house for the public will be on Thursday, May 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Mesa Convention Center’s Palo Verde Ballroom, 263 N. Center St.
“As has been our practice, we wanted to make sure the selection and screening process involved a diverse community input.” Brady said. “This position is critical to our quality of life and so the public’s participation is crucial.”
Information on the four finalists can be found at: www.mesanow.org.