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City of Sioux Falls invites public to meet finalists in next police chief search

The two final candidates are Sioux Falls Police Lt. Jonathan Thum and Lt. Nick Cook.
The two final candidates are Sioux Falls Police Lt. Jonathan Thum and Lt. Nick Cook.(Dakota News Now)
Updated: Jun. 7, 2021 at 4:30 PM CDT
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - The City of Sioux Falls is inviting the public to meet the two finalists in the search for the city’s next police chief.

“Conversation with the Candidates” will take place at the Belbas Theater at the Washington Pavilion next Monday at 5:30 pm. The two final candidates are Sioux Falls Police Lt. Jonathan Thum and Lt. Nick Cook.

The event is meant for candidates to introduce themselves to the community. A meet and greet will be held from 5:30 to 6 pm, followed by a moderated conversation. Attendees will have the opportunity to suggest questions for the candidates prior to the event.

The finalists have been selected by a hiring panel that includes partner organizations that work closely with the SFPD and community members who have ties in various ways to law enforcement. The hiring panel consists of: Erica Beck, Chief of Staff, City of Sioux Falls; Bill O’Toole, Human Resources Director, City of Sioux Falls; Michelle Boyd, Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office; Dr. Jane Stavem, Superintendent, Sioux Falls School District; David Jal, Community Ambassador Program; Jessie Schmidt, South Dakota State Director of the Better Business Bureau; and Arthur McCray, CEO, ADVIE.

The next steps in the hiring process will include additional internal interviews with the final candidates. The chief of police is an appointed position by the mayor, with the advice and consent of the Sioux Falls City Council.

Current Police Chief Matt Burns is serving as an advisor to the mayor and hiring panel throughout this process. In April, Chief Burns announced his plans to retire in July, after 25 years of service.

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