Three finalists have been selected to interview for the position of South Bend police chief, according to a news release from the office of South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg,
According to the release, the three finalists are:
- “Christopher Elg has been a chief of police or public safety director the last 17 years. He currently serves as the chief of police in West Monroe, Louisiana, where he has worked since 2004. From 2001 to 2003 he was the director of public safety in Van Buren Township, Michigan. He has also been the police director or chief in Carteret, New Jersey, and Medical Lake, Washington. He started his law enforcement career in 1985 as a state trooper with the New York State Police. Elg has two degrees from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York in addition to a masters in criminal justice from Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey. Elg has also served in the U.S. Coast Guard since 1989.”
- “Bruce Marquis has been a chief of police in two mid-size U.S. cities—Hartford, Connecticut and most recently, Norfolk, Virginia. He’s currently a law enforcement consultant for the U.S. Department of State and teaches leadership, management, and antiterrorism courses to mid and senior-level police officials in partner nations around the world. He was also a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 1984 to 1994 in Houston. Marquis has a bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees, and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in higher education administration. Marquis served in the U.S. Air Force from 1975 to 1983.”
- “Ronald Teachman is a 34 year veteran of the New Bedford (Mass.) Police Department, where he finished his time as chief of police from 2006 to 2011. At New Bedford, he held the ranks of patrolman, sergeant, lieutenant, and captain. He currently works for The Emergence Group, a Washington, D.C. based company specializing in criminal justice reform in post-conflict and emerging nations. He has a law degree from the New England School of Law in addition to two bachelor’s degrees.”
The search process was questioned by members of the South Bend Common Council. You can read more about those concerns here.
“This process has been inclusive, professional, diverse, and thorough,” said Mayor Pete Buttigieg. “Three highly-experienced candidates clearly made it to the top of the list during this process. I look forward to announcing a new leader for the South Bend Police Department soon.”
Read the release from the mayor's office describing the search process here.
Interim Chief Chuck Hurley will step down once Buttigieg names a new chief.
The new chief will replace former police chief Darryl Boykins, who Buttigieg demoted in April in the midst of a federal wiretapping investigation into phone recording policies at the police department. Boykins is currently serving as a captain on the department.