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Madison police commission begins chief replacement process


MADISON (WKOW) -- Less than a week after Chief Noble Wray announced he planned to retire, Madison's Police and Fire Commission is already working to find a replacement.

The PFC met Monday evening to discuss the process to replace Chief Wray. No concrete decisions were made, but the board members shared their ideas and got a better sense of what they plan to do in the coming months.

Board members said none of the five have been involved in selecting a new police chief, so the group determined they'll bring in law enforcement policy experts to share advice on the process. Although, they referenced their last big hire as they discussed their plans: Fire Chief Steve Davis who was hired in 2012.

"We had a public hearing and we invited everybody to come and express their ideas about where we ought to be heading," says PFC president George Kamperschroer. "It was after that, that we made a decision as to whether we were going to look out, whether we look nationally."

The PFC didn't go into much detail as to whether they wanted a nationwide search, but did say they'll reach out to Madison police officers to see if any current employees are interested in applying.

The commission agreed it was best to seek the public's input on what they're looking for in a future chief and MPD. They discussed holding one or more listening sessions throughout town.

"We'll have the community of color, other established groups," says board member Fabiola Hamdan. "I think we need to think more about how we want to do it and how can we get the best input from these groups and also from the community."

In the coming weeks, the PFC will collect data from surveys MPD put out in the community on what the public expects of the department.

The commission has not set any specific meeting times or dates yet and has not released a timeline for the hiring process.

Chief Wray has said he plans to stay on through at least late September. After he leaves, Assistant Chief Randy Gaber will assume his duties until the PFC comes to a decision. 

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