Press Release: Public Forum on Hiring New Public Safety Director
Published on Aug 21, 2018 10:18

CONTACT:  For Immediate Release
Name:  Don Schwartz 
Phone: (707) 588-2242

City of Rohnert Park to Hold Public Forum To Discuss Next Public Safety Director

City Welcomes Rohnert Park Residents’ Views, Ideas, Suggestions
Rohnert Park, CA (August 21, 2018) – The City of Rohnert Park plans to hold a public forum on Monday, August 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Community Center to discuss ideas and suggestions as the City pursues its search for a new Director of Public Safety.

The City wants to hear from residents about what qualities and experiences they would like to see in the individual who will take on this important role. The public forum will also provide an opportunity for residents to hear about the City’s recruitment plan for hiring our new Public Safety Director.

“Rohnert Park is a fantastic place to live and work. We have a low crime rate and high quality of life, and while we want to preserve these things, we also know that we can do better,” City Council Member Gina Belforte said. “The City’s search for a new Public Safety Director gives us an opportunity to listen to City residents, be innovative in our approach and take steps that respond to residents’ goals and desires.”

The City saw a 10% drop in the most serious crime during the first half of this year, compared to the same period in 2017. Break-ins and other property crimes, including burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft, fell by 12%, while assaults and other violent crimes were at a similar level as last year.
A forthcoming report by the Center for Public Safety Management found that Rohnert Park has relatively low crime and low fire rates, particularly when compared to other cities in California. The report also found that the City’s Department of Public Safety provides “exceptional quality law enforcement and fire services” and has a staff that is “professional and dedicated to the mission of the department.” 

The Center for Public Safety Management, which is an independent outside organization based in Washington, D.C., also made some recommendations for changes that the Department of Public Safety could consider to modernize and ensure industry best practices.