The Swearing-In Ceremony for Dr. Shon F. Barnes as the 30th Chief of Police for the City of Madison will be streamed live for the media and public on Monday, February 1st. Please see the attached PDF for more details.
Welcome and Introductions: Madison Police Department Public Information Officer Tyler Grigg Opening Remarks: Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway Police and Fire Commission (PFC) Administers Oath to Chief: PFC member Jacqueline Boggess Pinning of the Chief: Dr. Stephanie Dance-Barnes Remarks: Chief Shon Barnes
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.
The Board of Police and Fire Commissioners of the City of Madison (PFC) has selected four (4) finalists who will advance in the hiring process for the position of Police Chief for the City of Madison. The PFC is pleased to announce the final candidates, together with a short biography and photograph from each candidate.
The PFC will be holding a Special Meeting on December 9, 2020, at 5:30 P.M., to discuss and deliberate on the final candidates. In addition, a regular meeting of the PFC is scheduled for December 14, 2020, at 5:30 P.M., at which the PFC may continue its discussion and deliberation, if necessary.
The PFC is grateful for all of the community input that it has received during this process. The community input has contributed greatly to this process. The PFC has named the following final candidates.
Shon F. Barnes
Director of training and professional development for the Civilian Office of Police Accountability in Chicago. Prior to that he was deputy chief of police for the Salisbury, North Carolina, Police Department from 2017-20. He began his career in 2000 with the Greensboro, North Carolina, Police Department, where he rose to captain.
Ramon S. Batista Jr.
Police chief, Mesa, Arizona. He began his career with the Tucson, Arizona, Police Department in 1986, working in patrol, the traffic division, police academy, public information and investigations and rising to patrol captain, SWAT/hostage commander, chief of staff, investigations bureau chief and chief of the patrol bureau.
Christopher A. Davis
Deputy chief for the Portland, Oregon, Police Bureau. He was appointed to Portland police in 1998 and previously worked as a police officer for the Arizona State University Police Department.
Larry R. Scirotto
Retired assistant chief for the Pittsburgh police. He spent 23 years with the Pittsburgh department, including in a leadership role as the commander of the Zone 3, the city’s most known entertainment district, and leading the Bureau’s Major Crimes Division and Professional Standards Branch.