City Council Grill HR Head on Police Commissioner Search

July 19, 2010 Updated Jul 19, 2010 at 4:23 PM EDT

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City Council Grill HR Head on Police Commissioner Search

July 19, 2010 Updated Jul 19, 2010 at 4:23 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - There was a national search for the Buffalo Police Commissioner position, at least according to the City's Human Resources Commissioner Karla Thomas.

That search, however, only consisted of postings on 14 free Internet sites, which produced a few dozen 'qualified' candidates.

In a hearing Monday, where Buffalo Common Council members questioned Thomas on the process of the search, Thomas admitted that no money was spent on advertising or searching for candidates.

There was also concern over the formation, or lack thereof, of a search committee, and the number of interviewed candidates.

Councilman David Rivera spend much of his time questioning Thomas on her role in the search, concerned that only she only performed a background check on one candidate.

Thomas argued that her job was to provide the pool of candidates for others to choose from, which she did. Thomas submitted 33 names to Mayor Brown for consideration for the position.

Rivera also brought-up concerns over the City's lack of communication with applicants for the position, citing a discussion he had with one local applicant who never received confirmation that an application was ever received.

The Council last week voted to delay a decision on Derenda's nomination, though supporters of the nomination could try to bring a vote on the nomination Tuesday.