The City is looking to hire its next chief of police and wants your input

This survey has closed. The City of Sacramento is looking to hire its next chief of police and is asking residents for their input as the recruitment process progresses.

To help determine what qualities are most critical to our communities when considering a new chief, the City has developed this easy-to-take online survey:

The survey asks residents to pick the top qualities the new police chief should possess. Qualities include “open-minded and accessible,” “commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion” “listening skills,” “operational agility” and many others. There is also a place where survey takers can submit their own qualities if they are not part of the choices presented.

“Hearing from our residents and understanding their values is incredibly important to how our city operates,” said City Manager Howard Chan. “The input received via this survey will help to inform and guide our recruitment process.”

The City of Sacramento’s chief of police oversees approximately 750 sworn officers and 350 professional staff (non-sworn members) across four offices: Office of the Chief; Office of Operations; Office of Investigations; and Office of Specialized Services.

The City is working to hire its next police chief in the coming months, Chan said.

Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn in August announced that he would be retiring at the end of the year following a four-year tenure in the position. A native of Oak Park, Hahn is the 45th person to serve as police chief in Sacramento and its first Black police chief.

“We have been fortunate to have a police chief who understands and loves the community, has the respect of @SacPolice and its officers and has not been afraid to push for needed change,” Mayor Darrell Steinberg tweeted following Hahn’s retirement announcement.


The City currently is translating the survey into multiple languages, and these translated surveys are being shared with the assistance of local community-based organizations. If you would like the survey to be translated into a specific language, please email

Here are surveys translated in:



Simplified Chinese:

Traditional Chinese:


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