Command Transitions in Public Administration

A Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis of Proactive Strategies

  • James C. Brown
  • Raymond L. Philo
  • Anthony Callisto Jr.
  • Polly J. Smith

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Criminology book series (BRIEFSCRIMINOL)

Also part of the SpringerBriefs in Policing book sub series (BRIEFSPOLICI)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. James C. Brown, Raymond L. Philo, Anthony Callisto Jr., Polly J. Smith
    Pages 1-28
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 29-57

About this book


This Brief provides a quantitative and qualitative analysis of proactive strategies for management transitions in criminal justice and other public administration civic service agencies. These organizations have a unique need for managing transitions effectively.

Compared to private organizations: they have a relatively high frequency of management transitions due to the terms of elected and appointed officials, and these new managers more often come from outside the organization.

Through an mixed-methods study of criminal justice command level staff in New York state, researchers found a number of key components to successful transitions. Based on their study, the researchers prepared a set of guidelines called the Command Transition Matrix. This tool is aimed at police and public administration leadership. The methodology used to develop it will be of interest to researchers in Criminal Justice Administration, Public Policy, and Management Science.


Criminal Justice Administration Public Administration Police Organization Police Administration Policing Management and Leadership Job Satisfaction Police Effectiveness

Authors and affiliations

  • James C. Brown
    • 1
  • Raymond L. Philo
    • 2
  • Anthony Callisto Jr.
    • 3
  • Polly J. Smith
    • 4
  1. 1.Dept of Economic Crime & Just. StudiesSchool of Buss & Just Stu., Utica CollgUticaUSA
  2. 2.Just. Stud, SchBus. & Just. Stud.Utica Colg., Dept of Econ Crime &UticaUSA
  3. 3.Syracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA
  4. 4.School of Arts & SciencesUtica College, Dept of SociologyUticaUSA

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