Frisco community gives input for police chief search

Randy Harvill, a psychologist from LeaderSelect, takes input from the Frisco community regarding the next police chief.

Randy Harvill, a psychologist from LeaderSelect, takes input from the Frisco community regarding the next police chief.

Engaged, approachable, relational, forward-thinking, open-minded and a role model. These are a few of the qualities those who live in and around Frisco said they wanted to see in the next police chief.

The city hosted an open house July 23 about the police chief search and invited the community to give feedback on the desired attributes of the next chief.

Participants included Frisco residents and representatives from local organizations.

Maintaining strong ties with Frisco's diverse population was a major topic discussed at the open house. Representatives from local organizations and religious groups—such as the area chapters of the NAACP and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance as well as Frisco's Hindu temple—spoke out at the event.

Faith Farnoosh Nouri, the community outreach director for the MTO Shahmaghsoudi School of Islamic Sufism in Frisco, said the Frisco Police Department has been attentive to the needs of the population and wants to see that trend continue with the next chief.

She said she hopes the next chief will "continue the superb job they've done in building safety, building bridges, building relationships in the community."

Applications for the next police chief will close Aug. 5, said Todd Renshaw, one of the city's former police chiefs whose firm is helping conduct the search.

The city is looking for a new chief after John Bruce accepted the police chief position in Richland, Washington. He submitted his formal resignation May 28.
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