ITHACA, N.Y.—The City of Ithaca has announced it will hold two input sessions for community members to express what they want in the next police chief of the Ithaca Police Department.

The search has been restarted after Mayor Laura Lewis’ initial pick, current acting chief John Joly, was withdrawn after Common Council members voiced their objections. Lewis declined to select either of the other two finalists, former IPD lieutenant Scott Garin and Binghamton police captain Christopher Bracco.

Public Sector Search & Consulting has been hired to help the city with its search process, which will be nationwide.

The community sessions will only be held virtually, not in-person. The community input sessions are scheduled on the following dates and the link to either meeting is

  • Saturday, March 11, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  
  • Monday, March 13, 2023, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m

All members of the public are welcome to attend one or more of these community sessions.  For questions, please contact Schelley Michell-Nunn – at the City of Ithaca, Department of Human Resources at 607-274-6539 or email at The city has also published an online survey, which will be translated into other languages soon, according to the city’s announcement: or

Matt Butler

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