City of Durham launches website for new police chief input
Posted November 25, 2015
Durham, N.C. — Durham city officials announced Wednesday that a new website has been launched for residents who are interested in providing feedback about factors the city should consider while searching for the city's next police chief.
City officials said in September that Police Chief Jose Lopez Sr. will retire at the end of this year. The move comes after the city manager decided a change was needed in leadership.
City Manager Tom Bonfield said he came to the conclusion this summer, citing Durham's “considerable spike in crime over the last couple of years” and unhappiness within the police department and community.
Bonfield said the recruitment process is expected to take about four months and will cost $25,000.
Officials said the website is part of the first phase of the search which will allow the public to provide input to Developmental Associates, LLC., a local firm hired by the city of Durham.
Police department staff meetings, along with two community forums, will be held in mid-December as well. The locations of the meetings will be released next week, officials said.