From the Police & Fire Commission:
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
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.
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.
Dr. Shon F. Barnes is a nationally recognized leader in crime reduction and community- police relations. He is currently the Director of Training and Professional Development for the Civilian Office of Police Accountability in Chicago, Illinois. Barnes was most recently the Deputy Chief of Police in Salisbury, North Carolina (2017-2020) and a Captain with the Greensboro Police Department (NC) where he began his career as a patrol officer in the fall of 2000. Barnes was honored as a National Institute of Justice LEADS Scholar for using innovative technology to reduce crime and was recently selected as a member of the National Police Foundation’s Council on Policing Reforms and Race.