Henderson seeks public input in search for police chief
Posted September 10, 2013
Henderson, N.C. — 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.
"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.