Morale is low in the department and an unprecedented number of officers are resigning or retiring, he said. “We’re in the one of the biggest movements in history, ever probably, and the spotlight is on Aurora,” said Candice Bailey, a community organizer who sits on the Aurora Police Community Task Force. Wilson said she couldn’t immediately explain the numbers, but that she’d look into them. “Can anyone, anywhere say they’re proud of the Aurora police department?” one commenter said. Sears attributed all of the criticism of the agency to a small group that happens to have a large audience, including the news media. Marcus Dudley, the head of the internal affairs bureau. Police Chief, Avery Moore, middle, answers a community members question during the June 23 virtual town hall with the four finalists to become Aurora… The new chief will have to regain trust with community members, navigate discussions about defunding the agency, respond to city, state and federal investigations into the death of McClain, and work with a group trying to establish civilian oversight over the department. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! “This is systemic. Why have models of Colorado’s coronavirus trajectory been off? GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. In the past year, the department has been embroiled in the following controversies: One of the internal candidates is intimately familiar with some of the most high-profile incidents of the past year. The mayor and nine council members voted to approve the hire, though some expressed reservation in their support. She’d create a line on the floor and ask students to step forward if they could answer “yes” to fun questions: Do you like to smile? City’s pick for Aurora police chief to be…, Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Submit to Stumbleupon (Opens in new window). The previous chief, Nick Metz, retired Dec. 31. 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Vanessa Wilson named Aurora’s new police chief…, Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Submit to Stumbleupon (Opens in new window). The appointment comes as the department continues to grapple with the fallout from a series of high-profile incidents, including the Aug. 30 death of Elijah McClain after three of the department’s officers violently arrested him though he hadn’t committed a crime. “The next chief is obviously not going to have an easy job before them because they’ll have a department that does need, in my opinion, a fair bit of housecleaning,” Councilman Juan Marcano said. GET BREAKING NEWS IN YOUR BROWSER. Dudley, the internal affairs commander, oversaw the major crimes department during its investigation into the death of McClain. When Vanessa Wilson was appointed the interim chief of the Aurora Police Department in December, she didn’t shy from the fact that she was taking over after a string of negative incidents. He also was involved in the investigation into Nate Meier, the Aurora officer found passed out drunk in his car while on duty. A spokesman for the city said the name of the candidate would not be announced before Monday. “Given the inferno we’re in, it would be deaf to Aurora to pick someone who doesn’t know our history, our culture,” she said. As interim chief, Wilson’s handling of large protests in the city has been criticized by protesters as well as those who oppose the protests. She previously wrote for the Casper Star-Tribune in Wyoming, the Washington Post and the Colorado Springs Gazette. We will be a transparent partner dedicated to making Aurora a safer city for all, with respect for our diversity, an embrace of unity, and continual conversation about how we can do better.”. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS. “What this country has done is put the burden on the police — no matter what the problem is we have to handle it,” Sears, the Aurora Fraternal Order of Police president, said. Whomever the city manager chooses to step into the role will take over a department recently thrust into the national spotlight for the death of 23-year-old Elijah McClain at the hands of three of its officers all while navigating a national conversation about the future of policing. Jones, of Baltimore County, applied to be chief of Columbus, Ohio, in the fall of 2019 but was not selected. Because he's losing them by the day. The criticism constituted the bulk of public comment and included calls to defund the department, the arrests of the officers involved in the death of McClain and multiple opinions that the department is irreparable. A debate is raging inside Young Life as the Colorado-based ministry faces backlash over LGBTQ policy, Colorado grocery workers worry as Thanksgiving shoppers crowd stores, Guest commentary: A concerned public needs more information on reasons for COVID restrictions, Denver Health retaliated against those who spoke out about systemic racism and COVID-19, whistleblower complaint alleges. Have your rights ever been violated in court?,’ we’d all be on the line,” she said. “I don’t think that we have the trust of the activists,” Sears said. She studied journalism and Spanish literature at the University of Missouri. “If we did one of those inside of our community and we asked, ‘Have you ever been assaulted by the police? “I am committed to leading the Aurora Police Department to be an active and engaged part of this community in building a collaborative and constructive path forward. His planned retirement was overshadowed by controversy over his decision to allow an officer to keep his job after being found passed out drunk in a running department vehicle while armed and on duty. “Sometimes someone from the outside can be a fresh set of eyes.”. McClain’s death gained international attention in June during widespread protests of police brutality and put a national spotlight on the Aurora Police Department. Vanessa Wilson named Aurora’s new police chief following 10-1 council vote. Existing knowledge of Aurora’s growing and deeply multicultural community is a must, Bailey said. “I’m not blaming any individual officer or any individual chief of police,” Marcano said. City Council will meet with management at 3:30 p.m. Monday for a executive session not open to the public to discuss “personnel matters/negotiations,” according to the meeting agenda published Friday.