Mayor David Martin announced today the Police Chief search will continue and find another candidate.
Stamford’s search for the City’s next Police Chief will be led by Director of Human Resources Al Cava with assistance from the Police Executive Research Forum. Cava has many decades of experience hiring executive-level officials in other municipalities — including Police and Fire Chiefs. Stamford contracted PERF for its Police Chief search due to the firm’s reputation of specializing in placing police executives. The City’s contract with PERF covers a continued search until a candidate is successfully approved by the Board of Representatives. The same terms and conditions of the original agreement apply.
This search will focus on the qualifications necessary for Stamford’s Police Chief, including: experience in community-engaged policing strategies; contemporary policing practices in diverse urban communities; cultural awareness and sensitivity; experience engaging young and immigrant communities; experience with progressive management and leadership training; advanced skills in technology; and advanced educational degrees.
The City maintains the belief the Mayor’s nominee Deputy Chief Murtha possessed the ideal qualities to serve as Stamford’s next Police Chief. Across his 20+ career in law enforcement, Murtha earned the respect of his peers, colleagues and community leaders while serving in Prince George’s County Police Department — one of the most diverse departments and counties in the nation. He is a respected leader in his community and earned the highest accolades including Officer of the Year, Gold Medal of Valor, Silver Medal of Valor and Award of Merit. This administration believes Deputy Chief Murtha would be an excellent addition to any community and the City wishes him well as he continues his law enforcement career.