The search for a permanent Burbank police chief nearly three years after Scott LaChasse was appointed to the interim position could wrap up by mid-October, city officials said this week.
During an update to the Burbank City Council on Tuesday, officials said the recruitment period for finding candidates was slated to end Sept. 21, with City Manager Mike Flad assembling three panels for the interview process, which will begin in October.
One panel will consist of city executives, another of local police chiefs, and the third of a local district attorney and law enforcement professionals.
LaChasse, who has been at the helm of the department now for nearly three years, was brought on in the wake of internal and external investigations into alleged excessive use of force and a slew of lawsuits filed by current and former officers who claimed sexual harassment, retaliation and racial discrimination.
Councilman David Gordon pushed to delay the recruitment and hiring process to January, citing the recent turmoil within the police department to argue it’s unwise to hire a new chief until the issues are resolved in the courts.