Police Chief Search
Teresa Ewins bio(PDF, 45KB)
On January 8, 2021, Lincoln Police Chief Jeff Bliemeister accepted a position in the private sector. On February 18, 2021, Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird launched a four-week public engagement process to seek community feedback on the skills and qualities residents would like to see in Lincoln’s next Police Chief.
Public Engagement Methods
The public engagement process included a short survey in which residents could participate. The survey was available online in five languages and at local library branches in paper format, with the option to be taken via phone. In addition, the Mayor invited the community to participate in focus groups. She met with a diverse cross-section of residents and community stakeholders. She held a total of six public focus groups with representatives of the business sector, education sector, faith communities, law enforcement organizations (e.g. Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department), social service partner organizations, neighborhoods, and youth. She also engaged in 13 meetings with different groups of Lincoln Police Department staff, three City Advisory Board meetings (Mayor’s Multi-cultural Advisory Committee, Mayor’s Neighborhood Roundtable, and Citizens Police Advisory Board), and three scheduled group meetings (System-Impacted Youth, NAACP, and Black Lives Matter) for a total of 25 events.
Public Engagement Report(PDF, 747KB)
Partners and Process
The City is working with the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), a police research and policy organization that has helped cities recruit and select well-qualified Police Chief candidates for 30 years, to conduct a national search. PERF has assisted with more than 75 executive searches in the last ten years and is experienced in coordinating successful searches during the pandemic.