What should Tacoma’s new police chief prioritize? Share your opinions in this city survey

What should Tacoma’s new police chief prioritize? Share your opinions in this city survey
Tacoma Police Department headquarters on Pine Street in Tacoma. (David Montesino, The News Tribune)

TACOMA, Wash. — The city of Tacoma is searching for a new police chief, and it wants input from the public.

A new survey launched Thursday asks Tacoma residents what issues they think the new chief should prioritize, such as crime or community engagement.

The survey can be found online at surveymonkey.com/r/RS5H9FN. The survey closes Oct. 23.

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Current Tacoma Police Chief Don Ramsdell announced his retirement in July. He’ll stay on the job until January 2021.

The city will continue public outreach through October, which includes a virtual public event toward the end of the month. A concrete date is being finalized.

The city is accepting applications for police chief. The position has an annual salary between $194,708 and $249,620.

The job posting states the new chief will help lead the way through a citywide transformation that includes policing.

The city will stop accepting applications on Oct. 23.

Semifinalist interviews are projected to take place the week of Nov. 9, with finalist interviews the week of Nov. 30.

The city aims to have a new chief hired by the time Ramsdell leaves in January.

The latest updates will be posted at cityoftacoma.org.