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Geneva accepting apps for next police chief: Community will be involved in selection process

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  • Josh Durso 

The City of Geneva has officially started its search for a new Police Chief, with applications open through the Ontario County portal until May 13 at noon. The position is open to internal and external candidates, including those needing to complete or who have passed the Civil Service testing, marking them as provisional or probationary-permanent candidates respectively.

Earlier this month Mayor Steve Valentino told FingerLakes1.com that he expected the process to be efficient, but that City Council would largely defer to the City Manager’s office. The search comes after the leave- and eventual resignation of former Chief Matthew Colton. Michael Passalacqua, who served as chief of police before Colton, has been filling the vacancy on an interim basis.


The selection process will be thorough, involving the City Manager and a panel comprising various city and community members. After reviewing applications, the top three to five candidates will be chosen for further evaluation, which includes interviews and a public participation stage.

Scheduled for May 22 the interview phase will feature a Community Forum, where candidates will address the public and answer questions in a session that will be both recorded and streamed live. Officials say the goal is to appoint a new police chief in June.