City of Fort Worth
Police Oversight Monitor
Mackenzie Eason & Associates has been retained by the City of Fort Worth to help recruit their Police Oversight Monitor. The Police Oversight Monitor will be responsible for leading the activities and operations of the Police Oversight Office, provide civilian oversight over the Fort Worth Police Department and offer highly responsible feedback and guidance to the Assistant City Manager.
Recent incidents involving minority residents and law enforcement have highlighted the importance of building trust as a means to improve police-community relations. As of October 1, 2019, the City is proactively forming a Police Oversight Office with a mission to listen, learn, build, and bridge in order to create an inclusive Fort Worth for all residents. The Police Oversight Office, under the leadership of the Police Oversight Monitor, will establish the framework and processes for police accountability and oversight and provide a venue to listen to citizens’ input and complaints as to specific events or strategic issues within the Police Department. Being proactive to implement internal and external accountability measures will help to build public trust and reduce the likelihood of similar issues occurring in the future. As a result of greater transparency and accountability, Fort Worth will become a city that is inclusive, equitable, respectful, communal, and compassionate.
The Police Oversight Monitor will serve as an impartial, unbiased representative of the Police Oversight Office, furnishing information to and interacting with government officials and community representatives that will support their advocacy of oversight. This position will be a third-party principal adviser who is outside the department but understands how it functions and can look at it from an independent standpoint. They will advise the City Manager and Assistant City Manager on strategic policy matters, will track the internal investigations and community complaints and produce reports to them and the police chief. The Police Oversight Monitor will also lead the long-term operational planning for the Office.
Upon approval of the City Council, the Police Oversight Monitor will lead efforts to empanel a Community Oversight Board and define the processes associated with independent oversight of the police department. They will also assist the Board in carrying out policy directives and the mission, as well as advance and direct the City’s commitment to gaining the community’s trust after recent incidents have created a gap between law enforcement and the community.
Duties & Responsibilities of the Police Oversight Monitor include:
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2019 Initiatives & City Manager Focus
EXPECTATIONS AND PHILOSOPHY OF CITY
WHAT DO WE WANT CITIZENS, CUSTOMERS, VISITORS, TAXPAYERS TO SAY ABOUT THE CITY OF FORT WORTH?
Employees at the City of Fort Worth provide municipal services to over 850,000 residents. Each day, these employees are moving about the city, doing work that helps make Fort Worth a strong community and a great place to live. There are six values that guide our employees as they go about this work. They are:
As Fort Worth continues to grow and change, these principles help keep employees on point, providing the best service to citizens, businesses and fellow employees.
The Ideal Candidate
The Police Oversight Monitor must have a passion for community relations and outreach and the ability to build strong, yet independent working relationships with a wide array of constituents and community representatives, particularly with multicultural/ ethnic communities. They must possess and maintain the highest degree of integrity, objectivity, and independence to ensure against any perception of bias. The successful candidate must also possess intellectual curiosity, pragmatism, equanimity and credibility.
The ideal candidate will have policing expertise, experience, or exposure and a knowledge of laws, principles, practice and procedures related to conducting investigations and administrative hearings. He/ she must be highly proficient with facilitation, negotiation and diplomacy skills with an ability to bridge community and institutional concerns around fairness and justice issues. Additionally, this role requires someone with the ability to interact and operate effectively with various stakeholders, e.g., elected and appointed officials, law enforcement officers and administrators, community groups, and others.
The ideal candidate will possess knowledge, experience and skills including:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in labor/employment law, mediation, human resources management, business or public administration, or a related field. Master’s degree, Juris Doctorate, or PhD is highly desirable. At least four (4) years of experience in the field of public or private administration and supervisory responsibility or in the practice of law.
No prior experience with or other representation of the Fort Worth Police Department or individual Fort Worth Police Officers. Experience in all phases of Police monitoring, civilian oversight administration, and procedural justice is desired.