Public to get say in police chief selection process
residents are invited to provide their thoughts about the qualities they want to see in Winston-Salem’s next police chief at a public meeting 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 5 at the Hanes Hosiery Recreation Center, 501 Reynolds Blvd.
Individuals who are unable to attend this meeting can provide their input online by clicking on the survey link at www.CityofWS.org. On-line responses are due by Feb. 13. Citizens who need assistance in completing the online survey should call CityLink 311.
The city has retained Developmental Associates LLC of Chapel Hill to assist in the search for a successor to Police Chief Scott Cunningham, who is retiring at the end of June. Developmental Associates will use the information gathered at the meeting and online in developing a comprehensive profile describing the desired experience and qualifications, personal characteristics and other factors the city is seeking in its next police chief.
City Manager Lee Garrity stated that public input is an important part of this process and that after Developmental Associates conducts a national search and a screening/assessment of candidates in March and April, the city will provide an opportunity for the public to meet the finalists in early May, before a final candidate is chosen.
“My goal is to have a new chief identified by mid-June,” Garrity said.
Developmental Associates has extensive experience conducting executive searches throughout North Carolina and is committed to diversity both in its team and in its placements. Developmental Associates’ recent clients include Asheville, Burlington, Garner, Greensboro, Raleigh, and Wilmington.