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Mayor Kiss appoints Deputy Chief Schirling as new Police Chief

BURLINGTON After a series of interviews, Burlington Mayor Bob Kiss has offered the Burlington Police Chief position to current Deputy Chief of Police Michael Schirling, who has accepted the offer. The appointment by Mayor Kiss is subject to approval by the Burlington City Council. The offer by Mayor Kiss comes at the close of a two-step interview process. Interviews commenced on Wednesday January 16, and a second interview was conducted on the morning of January 22. The first step of the interview process involved three interview panels with representation from the police department, police employee unions, police commissioners, several community groups, and residents. DC Schirling was one of three candidates applying and interviewed for the position. Mayor Kiss has been involved in all aspects of the process. The second interview panel unanimously recommended DC Schirling as the next Burlington Police Chief. Along with Mayor Kiss, the second interview panel included: Jerry ONeill, Police Commission; Gene Richards, Ward 6 resident; Peg Boyle-Single, Ward 1 resident; Lt. Jennifer Morrison, Burlington Police Department; Cpl. David Clements, Burlington Police Officers Association; Peg Dumas, AFSCME (BPD); Ezzeddine Fatnassi, Former President, Islamic Society of VT; Wanda Hines, Legacy Project Co-Coordinator; Molly Lambert, President, Vermont Captive Insurance; Autumn Barnett, Spectrum; Anera Foco, Women Helping Battered Women; Bill Stuono, Ward 5 resident. Mayor Kiss expressed his satisfaction with the process and his support for Deputy Chief Schirling. The interview and recommendation process was representative and balanced, involving a wide variety of community and City participants, and I want to thank everyone who helped in that process, said Mayor Kiss. Im pleased to be able to offer Mike Schirling the position of police chief, given his strong experience, abilities and community ties. I will be submitting his name for confirmation to the City Council at its February 4 meeting. I am honored and humbled to have been offered this position in such a great Department and a wonderful City, said DC Schirling. As a lifelong Burlington resident Im excited to have this opportunity to continue to serve the City, the Department and the community. The police chief appointment requires approval by the City Council. Mayor Kiss also plans to give the Councils Public Safety Committee the opportunity to meet with DC Schirling at its January 31 meeting. The appointment would be subject to the re-appointment process in June of this year.

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