At a study session on Monday, July 9, Rock Island City Administrator John C. Phillips gave city-council members a "police-chief profile" culled from surveys filled out by citizens, community leaders, and police officers.

The city is currently seeking a permanent replacement for former Police Chief Anthony Scott, who left the department in May. Gene Anderson has been serving as police chief in the interim.

While such "profiles" are by their natures vague, some things stand out. Rock Island is clearly looking for somebody with a fair amount of police-department management experience, and somebody with a more "progressive" bent.

The profile says that strong police-chief candidates should have four-year degrees with "major coursework in law enforcement with additional specialized training in the various aspects of police management and law enforcement." The "knowledge" component of the profile also suggests that applicants have experience in crime prevention and community-oriented policing.

The document specifies that candidates should have between five and seven years in "progressively responsible command positions." Another component of the profile outlines recommended experience in "budgeting, staffing, planning, and allocating resources within a police operation." In addition, candidates should be to demonstrate labor-management skills.

The outline also stresses the ability to develop strong working relationships with other law-enforcement agencies, which is especially important given the myriad jurisdictions in the Quad Cities.

Scott left the Rock Island chief`s post after a decade to become police chief in a city in Massachussetts.

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