RCPD wants your input in selecting new department director

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) - The Riley County Police Department is searching for a new director, and you can get involved in the selection process.

Current Director Brad Schoen has served in that position since November 2007.

Now he's ready to pass the torch to someone new.

To help narrow the search for his replacement, the Riley County Police Department held a community input meeting Thursday night.

The McGrath consulting group is helping RCPD in the search.

They conducted Thursday’s meeting, which drew a couple dozen residents.

The consultants believe Riley County is looking for a progressive, community-involved director who is responsive to the increasing diversity in the Manhattan area.

They also note RCPD's unique structure, overseeing both the city of Manhattan and the whole of Riley County.

The consultants say public opinion is critical in the search for a new leader.

Ronald Moser, a senior consultant for the McGrath Consulting Group said,

"The police are an integral part of the community, and they want to remain that way. The Riley County Police Department and the Riley law board felt that citizen input was very important to get the right fit for the community."

Some of the input in Thursday’s meeting centered around how the police department handles itself in-person and on social media.

Other input involved Manhattan's increasing diversity.

The department will hold several more meetings as the selection narrows, and they encourage citizens to come and give their input.