South Bend hosts public forum with Police Review Board candidates March 20

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The City of South Bend Common Council will host a public forum on March 20 with the finalists for Director of the Community Police Review Board Office.

The forum will be held at 7 p.m. inside Ballroom A at the St. Joseph County Public Library.

Residents will be introduced to the four final candidates at the forum.

Prior to the event, residents are asked to submit questions for the finalists. These questions will be discussed by candidates at the forum.

To submit questions, either email [email protected] or send them to Council Attorney Bob Palmer on the 4th Floor, 227 W. Jefferson Blvd. in South Bend.

All questions and discussion topics must be submitted at least 48 hours before the event.

In early 2022, the Common Council voted on a hiring process that involved two initial rounds of interviews and a third round, a public forum meeting, involving no more than five candidates.

In total, the council sifted through 51 applicants.  

All candidates at the March 20 forum will have seven minutes to introduce themselves, share their goals for the position and answer questions.

Candidates will appear one at a time at the forum and will not be present when other candidates are speaking.

After all candidates are interviewed, the event will be opened to public discussion so the council can hear community members' opinions.

The Common Council President, Vice President, immediate past Council President and Chair of the Health& Public Safety Committee will then hold a closed-door meeting to narrow down the decision to no more than three candidates to recommend to Mayor James Mueller.

These candidates will be considered at the next council meeting before mayor Mueller makes a final decision.

Registration is not required to attend the event.

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