Detroit Halts Search for New Police Chief

The city's administration says it doesn't have enough money to pay firms conducting the search.

Posted: 11/30/2012 02:51 PM EST
Ralph Godbee Jr.

Former Detroit Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr. (Photo: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images)

The city of Detroit has announced that it will halt its quest to find a new police chief because it doesn't have enough funds to pay firms who are finding candidates. The cost of the search for former Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr.'s replacement is approximately $68,000, the Detroit News reports.

"Due to the financial condition of the city, we have not identified money to pay for the search, which was not anticipated and therefore not budgeted," says Deputy Mayor Kirk Lewis. "But we will use all of our efforts to seek funds to support this process."

In the past, the mayor picked the new chief, but new policies now require that the Board of Police Commissioners submit a list for the mayor's consideration. The board chose firms Empco and TJ Adams Staffing Services for the job, but Mayor Dave Bing's administration refused to sign the contracts once they realized they didn't have the money for the search.

Godbee Jr. resigned in October when it came to light that he had an affair with lower-ranking officer Angelica Robinson. It was the second time he was accused of having an affair with a subordinate officer in his two years as chief.

The previous police chief, Warren Evans, was also forced to leave his position for having a relationship with a lieutenant. Candidates for the position will now be asked about previous relationships with subordinates. Assistant Chief Chester Logan is currently serving as interim chief. 

 

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