Public Safety Recruitment 2016

The Board of Selectmen announced both the fire and police chief selections at their September 6 meeting. Lieutenant Edward Conley III was chosen as the new police chief, and George Kramlinger has been named the new fire chief. Click here for details.

The Town of Manchester embarked on a rigorous and objective selection process for its new Police and Fire Chiefs. The process involved a citizens’ panel made up of Manchester residents, a professional recruiting firm with expertise in assessing public safety candidates, and a survey for staff and the general public to provide input.

The highlight of the process was a day-long assessment of semi-finalists. Five candidates participated in a series of verbal, written and simulated exercises aimed at ascertaining their qualifications to be our next Fire or Police Chief.

Fire Chief finalists were interviewed the week of August 15, and Police Chief interviews were completed the week of August 22, 2016.

For more details on the assessment day and the selection process, please follow embedded links in timeline or see related documents below.

Recruitment Process Timeline

May 13, 2016 Request for citizens interested in serving on the Public Safety Search Citizens' Panel.
May 24, 2016 Execute contract with recruiting firm (MRI) to assist with recruitment process.
May 27, 2016 Place advertisements in professional journals for the vacancies; internal candidates encouraged to apply.
June 20, 2016 Citizens' Panel appointed - all 11 applicants who applied were appointed (see Citizen Panel Charge).

Deadline for receipt of resumes to MRI; MRI's team of retired chiefs reviews all resumes and picks top 16 (or so) for each position.
June 28, 2016 Citizens' Panel begins weekly meetings to discuss key issues and top qualities desired for chief positions (see Police Chief and Fire Chief Ideal Candidate Profiles).

Develop interview questions for part of the assessment days to be held (see Police Chief and Fire Chief Interview Questions).
June 30, 2016 MRI sends essay questions to top tier candidates; questions ask candidates to address key issues facing Manchester and their professions.
July 13, 2016 Essay question responses due from applicants to MRI.
July 18, 2016 Public survey made available for input on top issues and key qualities of new chiefs.
July 27, 2016 MRI completes phone interviews and initial background checks on top tier candidates, and prepares semi-finalist portfolios for Town use.
Week of August 15, 2016 Conduct day-long Assessment Centers for semi-finalists (5)

Citizens' Panel interviews and simulated public presentation (see Assessment Center Overview).

Internal candidate for Police Chief participated in Assessment.
August 16 & 22, 2016 (+) Finalist interviews with Board of Selectmen.

Selection, offer and contract negotiation with first choice candidate.
September 6, 2016 Announcement of Police and Fire Chief appointments at Board of Selectmen meeting.
Early October Target start date for new leadership.