Pensacola police chief finalists

The selection committee for the next Chief of Police for the Pensacola Police Department has recommended three finalists to move forward in the selection process for the position, which will ultimately be selected by Mayor Grover Robinson.

The finalists are: Booker Hodges, Assistant Commissioner of Law Enforcement for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, John Ortolano, Police Chief for the sixth largest municipal agency in New Mexico, and  Eric Randall, Assistant Police Chief for Newport News Police Department in Virginia.

The Pensacola Police Chief Selection Committee consisted of City Administrator Keith Wilkins, Deputy City Administrator Kerrith Fiddler, HR Director Ted Kirchharr, Pensacola Fire Chief Ginny Cranor and City Attorney Susan Woolf.

The finalists will move forward with final interviews and will also participate in a virtual public candidate forum at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 28. The public may submit questions to by 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 25. The forum will be virtual only and will be available to view live at from the Hagler-Mason Conference Room.


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  1. Booker Hodges, asst: commissioner of Public Safety. With all the killings going on in Minnesota of people of color, did any one ask HIM of his so call roll in trying to educate or prevent the hiring of racist law enforcement officers????What type of educational programs did he design and provided to the various police departments in Minnesota to help prevent the killing of people of color??? Or is Mr. Hodges just looking for warmer weather and for the county to pay for his move south???

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