PFC Selects Dr. Barnes as Next Chief of Police

For Immediate Release – December 18, 2020
Board of Police and Fire Commissioners of the City of Madison

Following a rigorous, comprehensive process and after thorough deliberations, the PFC has
selected Dr. Shon F. Barnes to be our Chief of Police. The PFC expresses its support and
confidence in his leadership. As is standard practice, the PFC will now be issuing a Conditional
Offer of Appointment.

Community input has been the foundation of this process. The PFC is grateful for the input that it
received. The COVID-19 pandemic presented unique challenges for the PFC, and the PFC adapted
its methods to obtain community input. The PFC prepared a summary of its process, which is being
published with this press release.

This process was thoughtful and deliberate. The PFC believes the process was fair. The PFC
wishes to thank its consultant, Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), for its diligent and
exceptional work in guiding the PFC in this process. The PFC also wishes to thank the Dane
County Sheriff’s Office for its professional background investigations.