MPD Chief Barnes Swearing-In Ceremony

Live-Stream Event on February 1st at 10AM

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.

What: Chief Barnes’ Swearing-In Ceremony
When: Monday, February 1st at 10:00am
Virtual Event Live Stream Link:

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

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.

4 Finalists for Police Chief Named

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.

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