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By Kim Harris
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Menifee holds first workshop to discuss new police chief position


Last updated 1/24/2019 at 9:30pm

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Menifee City Manager Armando Villa takes notes on an audience member's comments during a city workshop discussing the community's desires for its new police chief Wednesday, Jan. 16.

The city of Menifee moved one step closer to its goal of creating a police force Wednesday, Jan. 16, with its first town hall meeting for community members to seek input on the formation of the department and the characteristics desired in the city's first police chief.

The city approved the formation of its own police department during its Nov. 7 city council meeting.

Following the historic decision, the city brought former Hemet police chief Dave Brown to serve as Menifee's interim director of public safety and to assist in the process.

During the roundtable discussion, about 50 residents and community leaders including Menifee City Manager Armando Villa, Assistant City Manager Jeff Wyman and Brown heard from Joel Bryden, executive vice president of the national executive recruiting firm, Bob Murray and Associates, who gave a detailed description of the recruiting process.

"The city of Menifee is in a very strong position to attract a top-tier police chief," Bryden said. "Building a new department is a very attractive opportunity."

Bryden said that it was an exciting time, "not only for the city of Menifee but also for candidates."

The group gathered input from the public during the meeting, which lasted well over an hour, with a number of common themes for the characteristics desired in the city's first police chief.

"The community clearly desires a police chief with good communication skills who embraces the unique and varied communities within the city," Brown said. "A strong, experienced leader who embraces technology and innovation, and understands issues and opportunities presented by growth are all highly desired characteristics."

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Menifee Interim Director of Public Safety Dave Brown addresses the audience during a city workshop discussing the community's desires for its new police chief.

Currently the city contracts police services with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department at a cost of $192 per hour for the contracted 180 hours per day and is looking at an estimated $209 per hours and an additional 2 and one-half percent surcharge with no additional patrol officers in 2019, something the city decided was not sustainable.

Those who were unable to attend the workshop but want to provide input are invited to submit comments and questions to Brown by email at [email protected] or by calling (951) 723-3788.

The application period for a Menifee police chief will close Feb. 8. To apply for the position, visit

The city hoped to have the new police chief on board in April 2019. 

Kim Harris can be reached by email at [email protected]


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