IPRA hiring, making agency changes

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The city's Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) has launched a nationwide search to fill the organization's First Deputy Chief Administrator post, IPRA Chief Administrator Sharon Fairley announced Tuesday.

Deadline for applications to Feb. 22. Anyone interested should send a resume and cover letter to katherine.martinez@iprachicago.org.

"The incoming First Deputy Chief Administrator is such an important position to fill and I think that the search needs to be on much grander scale, thus the nationwide search," Fairley said. "This person is going to need the appropriate investigative experience, possess great analytical skills, and be a leader internally and externally as a representative of IPRA in the community."

Fairley was appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and confirmed by the City Council on January 13.

The IPRA is tasked with investigating allegations of police misconduct and investigates the most serious of those allegations including officer-involved shootings.

Other leadership changes include the hiring of Annette Moore, a new chief of staff, as well as the hiring of a new chief investigator, Jay Westensee.

According to an IPRA statement, the agency is also currently recruiting a new General Counsel, adding two new legal positions, Supervising Attorney and Attorney, and filling a currently vacant attorney role.