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Henderson seeks public input in search for police chief

Posted September 10, 2013

— City leaders in Henderson heard from the community Tuesday as they search for a new police chief who can address violent crime in the area.

"Right now, Vance County got a lot of problems," said Henderson resident John Miles. "There's no communication. There's nobody working together."

Miles has personally been touched by crime in the city. His niece was shot in July and his brother was shot and killed in 2007.

Former police Chief Keith Sidwell retired in May. City leaders say they're looking for a replacement who inspires the community's trust.

Henderson resident John Miles Community sounds off on Henderson police chief search

"When the citizens have trust with the police department, they can come forward when there's a crime committed," said City Council member Sara Coffey.

City Manager Ray Griffin said the police chief search is centered on certain themes – community involvement, knowledge of the law and a track record of enforcing the law.

Griffin said he hopes to have a new police chief in place by the end of the year.


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  • wayneboyd Sep 11, 2013

    I maintain a carwash for an out of town person, and last week there were six cars on the lot, only one was washing a car and this black guy walks by and slaps me on the shoulder and tells me how much he appreciates me keeping his place so clean. I've begged the city and county officers to do a sting on the property and I'm always told they are too busy. I confronted a canine deputy who was washing his cruiser with my problem and he told me if I saw a deal going down to call them and they'd respond. They would but the buyer would be used the drug and sobered up and the dealer would have made at least five more sales before anyone would show.

  • rmsmith Sep 11, 2013

    Vance County court system needs to crack down hard on offenders versus slapping them on the hand. Till that happens, nothing LEO's can do.

    Henderson bacically needs a Police Chief like the Sheriff in Arizona.

  • Outlaw Josey Wales Sep 11, 2013

    It's going to take more than a new police chief to solve all the crime problems here in Henderson.