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After an in-depth recruitment period and screening process conducted in conjunction with a leading national public sector recruiting firm, the City of Salem has selected two candidates to interview for consideration as Salem's future Chief of Police.  

Three review committees made up of community members, area law enforcement officials, and City department directors screened and interviewed a diverse group of applicants. The committee made their final recommendation to the City Manager this week.  

Both candidates will be invited to an all-day interview process consisting of a virtual community forum where finalists will answer questions from community members and city staff. There will also be several opportunities for the Mayor and City Council members to interact with both candidates by way of virtual interviews and socially distanced panel discussions. All public portions of the interview will be live streamed to YouTube on October 30, 2020.  

If you would like to submit a question for the candidates, please complete the following form no later than 1 p.m., Thursday, October 29. Please note, that program time may not allow for all questions to be asked.

About the Candidates:  

Malik Aziz, Dallas, TX  

Malik Aziz is a Major with the Dallas, Texas Police Department, having served with the agency since 1992. His specialties after nearly 30 years in law enforcement include law enforcement analysis, nonprofit leadership, budgeting, policy analysis, event planning, and government. His previous assignments in the department include Commanding Patrol, Special Operations, SWAT, Traffic, Investigations, and Support Services. He is currently leading night command for the northwest and north-central area of Dallas. 

Major Malik Aziz earned his Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice from The University of Texas at Arlington attended the FBI National Academy and earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) with a specialization in non-profit and organizational management from The University of Dallas.  He currently serves as the Chairman of the Dallas Police Museum and is the former National Chair and Executive Director of the National Black Police Association. Other highlights of his career include serving as a Master Peace Officer, cultural awareness Instructor, Islam and Middle Eastern instructor, crime prevention specialist, ethics and diversity trainer, incident command system trainer, and chemical agent instructor. He has over 20 career commendations and skilled in basic and intermediate Arabic.

Trevor Womack, Stockton, CA

Deputy Chief Trevor Womack joined the Stockton, California Police Department in 1992.
As Deputy Chief, he led the Logistics Bureau for one year, which included the Administrative and Technical Services Divisions, then assumed his current position heading the Operations Bureau. He is the second-in-command and responsible for two-thirds of the department’s staff and budget, including the Field Operations Division (Patrol), Special Operations Division, and Investigations Division - along with more than 30 specialty programs such as Air Support, Canine, Crisis Intervention Team, Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD), and the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team. Deputy Chief Womack also has significant experience managing and investigating critical incidents; implementing new technologies; recruiting, training, and hiring.

Deputy Chief Womack earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University Stanislaus, attended the FBI National Academy, and completed the California Peace Officer Standards and Training Executive Development Course. He earned his Master of Arts in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense) from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.

About Salem Police Chief Position:

The Chief of Police is responsible for all law enforcement activities within the city. The chief ensures the public safety needs of the community are met through law enforcement services and effective community partnerships which protect and improve the social well-being and security of citizens. The chief must deliver a timely, well-thought-out response to patterns of crime and disorder that threaten the peace and safety of our community. Details about the Salem Police Chief Vacancy and Job Announcement can found here.

About the Recruitment Process:

Chief Jerry Moore announced his retirement plans last year.  Last summer, we invited community input about priorities for Salem’s next Police Chief and qualities you would like the person to exhibit.  Earlier this year, we hired a national public sector recruiting firm to help with the recruitment.  More than 20 candidates made it through initial vetting.  This week, a screening panel of community members, area law enforcement officials, and City leadership interviewed a diverse group of applicants.  They recommended extending interviews to the two finalists identified above.

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