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Hamilton police board wants residents to help choose the city's next police chief

Hamilton Police Service board has launched a confidential survey to allow residents a chance to vote on a new police chief.

Consulting firm Odgers Berndtson is running the survey

Hamilton police chief Eric Girt is retiring in February. (Kelly Bennett/CBC)

The Hamilton Police Services board has launched a confidential survey it says will allow residents a chance to vote on a new police chief.

This comes as current chief Eric Girt is retiring in late February.

While the board has started the process of selecting a new chief, it has brought on consulting firm Odgers Berndtson to help.

"An essential first step in the process is to develop an appreciation for the challenges and opportunities facing the Hamilton Police Service today and over the coming years," the board said in a statement.

"With that as a context, the board will establish priorities for the incoming chief, as well as measures of success."

The survey, run by the firm, is open until Feb. 12.

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