The City of Champaign welcomes public input regarding the development of the recruitment profiles for the City’s next Chief of Police and Public Works Director. Champaign seeks suggestions from community members regarding the important priorities, professional qualities, and leadership characteristics which the successful candidate for each position must have in order to best serve the needs of our community. The City is offering several opportunities for the public to provide input on both recruitments, including community meetings and surveys.
Today the City launched two new webpages to ensure the recruitment process is open and transparent to the public. Each webpage details several opportunities for the public to provide feedback, proposed recruitment timelines, job descriptions, and Request for Proposals (RFP) for professional recruitment firms. The public is encouraged to regularly check the Chief of Police webpage (champaignil.gov/policechief) and the Public Works Director webpage (champaignil.gov/pwdirector) for updates about both job recruitments.
The City has scheduled the following community meetings to encourage community engagement:
Public Works Director Community Meetings
- Wednesday, August 4, 6-8:00 pm, Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., Champaign
- Saturday, August 7, 10 am-noon, Douglass Branch Library, 504 E. Grove St., Champaign
Chief of Police Community Meetings
- Monday, August 9, 6-8:00 pm, Garden Hills Academy, 2001 Garden Hills Dr., Champaign
- Thursday, August 12, 2-4:00 pm, City Building (Council Chambers), 102 N. Neil St., Champaign
- Thursday, August 12, 6-8:00 pm, Barkstall Elementary School, 2201 Hallbeck Dr., Champaign
- Saturday, August 14, 10 am-noon, Douglass Branch Library, 504 E. Grove St., Champaign
- Saturday, August 14, 2-4:00 pm, Bethel AME Church, 401 E. Park St., Champaign
Members of the public who are unable to attend a community meeting but wish to provide feedback are encouraged to complete a survey for each position. The surveys can be found on the City’s website (champaignil.gov/policechief and champaignil.gov/pwdirector), at the Champaign City Building (102 N. Neil St., Champaign), or can be mailed upon request by calling 217-403-8710. All survey responses must be received by August 20, 2021.
“I encourage members of the public to get involved in the process and to share their thoughts about the qualifications and characteristics that they feel the ideal candidates must have in order to be successful,” said City Manager Dorothy Ann David. “I look forward to hearing from the public at our upcoming community meetings and reviewing the responses to the City’s surveys. Input from the public is a vitally important part of this process and will help ensure we find candidates whose experience and qualifications best align with the needs of our city.”