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The announcement for a new police chief for the City of Dallas is eminent.

The list of
prospective candidates was narrowed down in early March 2010. Candidates participated in a
two-day interview process, met with citizen representatives, council members, Dallas executives,
police association representatives, City Manager Mary Suhm and assistant city managers. After
the interviews, Suhm also visited the cities of the external candidates.

Members of the Leadership Dallas Alumni (LDA) Policy Committee sat down with three key
City of Dallas leaders, Mayor Pro Tem Dwayne Caraway, First Assistant City Manager Ryan
Evans and outgoing Police Chief David Kunkle during the selection process.

The following questions & answers are paraphrased results of those conversations:

Mayor Pro Tem Dwayne Caraway (Chair of Public Safety Committee)

LDA: How is the selection process coming?

DC: It is coming along very well. We have 6 very qualified candidates that we feel any of which
could be our next Chief of Police. Past COP hirings have taught us to vet candidates well and
also to give them an opportunity to meet with all members of our City’s leadership.

LDA: What will be the next major focus for the police chief in Dallas?

DC: The new chief will be a higher visibility person in Dallas. As such, we want the chief and as
well as his officers to have more visibility in Dallas overall. We are looking to him in
reconnecting with our citizens and establishing more of a personal relationship with our

Other areas of focus will be to encourage the use of higher technology solutions, such as
increasing the use of crime prevention cameras. This is one of my most significant public safety
issues and we plan to discuss this with the DPD as soon as the chief is hired. We want cameras in
all high crime locations and we want DPD to monitor these cameras.

DC: Increased police collaboration is one of the centerpieces of our public safety campaign. We
would like police officers to extend relationships beyond their vehicles and offices to meeting
and working with citizens. This includes driving in the neighborhoods, talking to citizens, and
developing a relationship with the community. We are hoping the new chief will drive home this
concept through his/her leadership.

DC: We want the chief to also reach out to other law enforcement personnel; DART Police,
DISD police, constables, and troopers. With so many law enforcement groups in our community,
we feel that additional public safety issues can be addressed through positive collaboration. We
expect the chief to spearhead this collaborative effort in developing a safety agenda that includes
these other enforcement personnel.
First Assistant City Manager Ryan Evans (Public Safety focus)
LDA: How is the search for Dallas' next police chief coming?

RE: It's going well. In addition to the internal candidates, we've were pleased with the amount
of interest from candidates from large and smaller departments as well as other law enforcement
agencies from both within Texas and across the country.

LDA: What is the City Manager's Office looking for in the next police chief?

RE: We're looking for someone to continue the good work of Chief Kunkle. He settled down a
department that was, to some degree, in disarray when he arrived. Now the department is in a
position to do even more in better serving the City. In addition, the new chief will need to bring
innovative strategies to combat crime. We've made major progress with crime reduction and the
new chief will need to provide leadership to ensure that continues.

LDA: What do you see as some of the larger challenges facing the new chief?

RE: A very large component of our overall crime is property crime - either people breaking into
your car or house and taking your stuff. The vast majority of those crimes are committed by
repeat offenders. The new chief has to work with the County to require stiffer sentences for
repeat offenders. With the jail certification issues over the past several years, it's understandable
that the County would be focused on addressing those issues that achieve certification. The new
chief will have to find ways to continue to engage the County to work on keeping repeat
offenders off the streets longer. Another major challenge will be to continue the maturation of
the force. The new chief will have to deal with about 2,000 new cops hired since 2004.

LDA: The City Manager's Office held public forums in the last few months to gather public
input. How would you summarize what the public says they want?

RE: The people consistently said they wanted a chief who is 1) personable, 2) approachable, 3)
visionary, 4) innovative, 5) fair, 6) firm, and 7) visible (in the community). They also want the
new chief to work on crime reduction and response times.
Police Chief David Kunkle
LDA: What kind of experiences do you look for in the history of a prospective chief?

DK: Primarily we are looking for experience as a police chief in a big, diverse city. It’s hard to
anticipate the kind of issues you’re exposed to in a department like ours unless you’ve had
similar experience in the past. Exposure to big, urban, racial politics is critical, as well as
familiarity with the constant pull of the press you get in a city like Dallas. Beyond experience, a
good candidate must have a very even temperament. You’re constantly pulled in different
directions by different constituencies, and you’ve got to keep a level head. It’s easy to become
paranoid or defensive in an environment like with all of these factors, so it’s important to have a
personality that keeps your outlook even-handed.

LDA: What issues are facing the new chief that would be different than what you faced?

DK: I came in with a pretty big mandate for change, and so was encouraged to act accordingly.
I’m not sure the new chief faces a similar mandate. What the new chief does face are very
different economic conditions. Already, we’ve cut our civilian workforce by 25%, and the
situation only looks more difficult moving forward. Beyond this, the new chief will have to deal
with the issues that come with absorbing a large number of new, young officers, given the
growth the department has experienced over the past several years.

LDA: If you look back 5 years from now, what would make you think the new hire was a good

DK: So much of a chief’s job comes down to the cards that are dealt to them. Expectations are
always high – the best chief is always the new chief. So starting to manage those expectations
early is important. Beyond that, of course I want to see effective community communication, so
that the public has trust in the department. Avoiding any major missteps is part of that. A police
chief is constantly faced with difficult situations, but how you handle those situations defines
your tenure. The metrics, i.e. the various crime rates, should continue to see improvement. The
department’s morale should improve. Finally, as someone who will continue to live in the city,
as a taxpayer, I want to see continued success of the department as a whole.

Prepared by:
Michael Morath (LD 09)
Raj Narayanan (LD 07)
Angie Parra (LD 09)
Errick Thompson (LD 07)