The search is on for a new Midland Police Chief.
“We are really excited. Today launched the official start of the search for Midlands next chief of police,” says Elana Ladd, the city spokeswoman for Midland.
However in Midland, this search is happening for the second time in the past year. This is after the previous chief Steve Henry was fired due to allegations of misconduct just three months into the job.
“We are looking for someone who has great management experience, in addition to supervising over 200 police officers,” says Ladd.
The city will once again use a search firm to find a new chief. This time opting for the firm Springstead/Waters out of the Metroplex. The city says this time, it will be more costly than the previous firm and tax payers will foot the bill.
“So we feel that it is a good value for the tax payers, to spend this money now,” says Ladd. “To fully vet and screen these candidates.”
The city says Springstead/Waters will have a more involved role in the search compared to the previous group.
“Previously we worked with a search firm, and kind of used them through the process but not manage the entire process,” says Ladd.
It has been a little more than three months since former chief Steve Henry was fired. For Midland, they are ready to take the next step.
While the search has just begun, the city hopes to have the position filled by Thanksgiving.