Local News

City of Durham launches website for new police chief input

Posted November 25, 2015

WRAL News
Map Marker  Find News Near Me

— 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.

2 Comments

Please with your WRAL.com account to comment on this story. You also will need a Facebook account to comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • El Conquistador Nov 26, 2015
    user avatar

    Oh that's funny, just watch, they don't care what the sheep think.

  • Jonathan Crowder Nov 26, 2015
    user avatar

    I say hire a officer from the area with war experience. Cpl. T.J. Stevens is a purple heart veteran, dat's (yes,dat's!) been working for the DPD for 6 years. Crime's are changing, so Durham needs a police chief that can holla (yes,holla!) and respond to the citizens .