Arcata Seeking Public Input Regarding New Permanent Chief of Police

This is a press release from the City of Arcata:

Arcata, CA – The City of Arcata is currently in the process of recruiting a new Chief of Police, and is encouraging the public to share input on what qualifications the City should consider when narrowing down potential candidates.

On Wednesday, May 30, the City of Arcata will be hosting a public forum where community members will have the opportunity to discuss what type of candidates should be sought to lead Arcata’s Police Department.

The forum will be hosted by the City of Arcata and by Joel Bryden who is a Vice President at Bob Murray & Associates, the national recruiting firm the City has hired to help conduct the search. Mr. Bryden has over 30 years of local government experience, and recently retired as the Chief of Police in Walnut Creek, CA. He will be present at the forum to explain the recruitment process and gather community feedback.

“Public input is crucial to selecting the best individual to lead Arcata’s Police Department. I encourage all interested residents to attend the upcoming forum to share their thoughts on the characteristics and professional background they feel are most important when selecting a new Chief,” said Arcata City Manager Karen Diemer.

In addition, the City is currently completing a full law enforcement background check on the top candidate for an Interim Chief of Police, and expects to have an Interim Chief in place by June. Lieutenant Bart Silvers, who has served the Arcata Police Department for 16 years, is now serving as Acting Chief of Police until an Interim Chief is named. The Interim Chief will serve until a new permanent Chief of Police is hired.

The public forum regarding Arcata’s new permanent Police Chief will take place on Wednesday, May 30 at 6:30 p.m. in City Council Chamber at City Hall, located at 736 F Street in Arcata.



  • Arcata where high school students make laws and people who know nothing about law enforcement help choose the police chief. What could go wrong?

    • Soon-to-be Former County Supervisor Ryan Dumberg

      And they know about law enforcement in Eureka or McKinleyville? McKinleyville doesn’t even have a police force! And Eureka? Don’t even get me started… Virginia Bass should be ashamed, but she’s far too narcissistic for that. 😜Bass is crass and clueless.😜

      The voters of Eureka and McKinleyville need to get started on changing their communities for the better by throwing those incompetent bums (crass Virginia Bass & corrupt Ryan Dumberg) out of office next month! They’re both idiots!

      Can you say Kevin McKenny? Pathetic.

  • Please hire someone that will encourage the officers to enforce the laws. Someone with a set.

  • Definitely maybe somebody who understands that everybody has special needs and special sensitivities to various situations and is passionate about finding the best possible course of action through consensus group discussions. And female. And non-white. And not a hetero. And not somebody with rigid ideas who we can’t influence through protests and mob action. Somebody who understands that everybody needs to be hugged more. Yeah…like that! Oh- and they need to be vegan!!!

    • Soon-to-be Former County Supervisor Ryan Dumberg

      And they need to hate and want to kill anyone who isn’t a White supremecist, woman-hating, Trump-worshipping, Jesus-forsaking, money-grubbing, corrupt conservative Republikkkan. 🐘💩🇷🇺

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