If your police chief got hit by a bus tomorrow, would someone in your agency be ready to step into his or her role? Police chiefs need to start thinking of succession planning as a critical function of the job and work to identify and develop future leaders to avoid a leadership crisis in the agency. One of the first, and often most difficult aspects of succession planning, is asking chiefs to disclose his or her retirement plans. Learn more.
By James McLaughlin
My promotion to assistant chief was effective the day after Veterans Day in November 2013. Over that holiday weekend, my wife and I went to my new office to set up for my first day. I used the back stairwell to go upstairs in a station where I had served downstairs for more than six years as a young captain and then battalion chief.