Burbank City Manager Mike Flad is suspending the search for a permanent police chief, the city announced on Thursday. The news comes 10 days after Flad’s announcement that he’d be stepping down from his post to assume the same role at the city of South Gate.
The Burbank City Charter gives the city manager the sole authority to hire a police chief. Because Flad will be gone in a month, he felt the process should be postponed until a new city manager is selected, according to the announcement.
“In talking with several potential applicants for chief of police, it became quite obvious that the city manager position needs to be filled first,” Flad said in a statement.
City officials last week said that recruiting a police chief without a permanent city manager would be difficult and nonsensical.
“Not knowing who his boss is going to be — that’s an uncertainty which I don’t know how many people would want to take,” Councilman Jess Talamantes said at the time.