The Bears have completed a long-anticipated, major overhaul of their personnel department under new general manager Phil Emery, adding eight scouts and promoting six others according to Dan Pompei of the Chicago Tribune.
The most significant moves were the promotions of longtime area scouts Marty Barrett and Chris Ballard. Barrett will serve as the director of college scouting and Ballard will be the director of pro scouting.
The Bears had been operating without pro and college scouting directors for more than two years.
“The focus during the selection process for the directors’ position was not whether the scout came from a pro or college background, rather it was their level of skill as communicators and evaluators,” Emery said. “We were also looking for people with a successful background in coaching, organizational and administrative experience.
“Chris and Marty’s abilities in these important areas really stand out. Their high level of skill in these areas is why we placed them in these leadership roles.”