Search for Brookings’ next chief of police continues

Community forum with finalists set for July 11

BROOKINGS – The City of Brookings and Meliora Public Safety Consulting continue the search for Brookings’ next police chief. 

Semifinalists will be in Brookings for interviews next week, and forums and interviews with finalists are planned for July, with citizens invited to be part of the process.

“The search, launched in March, has focused on gathering a qualified pool of candidates to hire a chief who will be the best fit for Brookings and who will continue the momentum of enhancing and progressing excellent public safety programs and presence in the community,” according to a news release from the city.

To date, the search has included city, community and police department focus groups and an extensive recruitment campaign that shaped a comprehensive candidate profile representing Brookings’ needs, vision and mission. The candidate recruitment process has identified and vetted a qualified pool of individuals based on information gathered from the community and police forums which took place in April, the release says. 

“The search has been narrowed to nine semifinalist candidates through interviews and analysis conducted by Meliora PSC and the city. Semifinalists have been invited to participate in three interview panels set to take place on June 27. The interview panels will be conducted by individuals representing diverse experiences, backgrounds, perspectives and credentials. They include members of law enforcement, community members, and the city leadership team,” the release says.

A final selection of candidates will be chosen from the semifinal panels. Those candidates will meet with an industrial psychologist from Meliora PSC to further assess their fit with the department, city and community. The candidates will attend a police department forum, community forum and final interviews, scheduled for July 11-12.

Community members are invited to attend the community forum with police chief finalists as part of the final hiring process. The open-to-the-public event facilitated by Meliora PSC is set for 5:30 p.m. July 11 in the third-floor chambers of the Brookings City & County Government Center. The event will also be broadcast live on local cable Channel 9 and online at:

“The event will provide each final candidate with 40 minutes to provide information about their qualifications and background as well as respond to questions submitted by residents. Candidates will remain during their respective break following their forum to speak to and be assessed by community members,” the release says. 

Community member questions to be asked during the forum should be submitted for consideration on or before July 8 via the following methods:

• Digital submission – Submit questions via webform at

• Mail – Mail questions to the following address (please include your name and address): Attn: PIO – City/County Government Center, 520 Third St., Ste. 230, Brookings, SD 57006.

• Drop-off – Residents may drop off questions in person at Suite 230 of the City & County Government Center. Paper forms are available at the front desk of Suite 230 by request.  

Due to time limits, questions will be selected as time allows.

Residents attending in person and via live broadcast will have the opportunity to provide feedback that evening via comment card or email at the conclusion of the forum. The input will be used as a resource by search advisers and the city manager and as part of the concluding hiring selection process.