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3 Finalists Named in Durham Police Chief Search

Posted May 25, 2007

— Durham City Manager Patrick Baker announced Friday the three finalists in the running to replace current police chief Steve Chalmers.

Ronald Hodge, who is currently the city's deputy police chief, joined the department in 1983 as a patrol officer. Before coming to Durham, he worked with a private security force and held positions with the Virginia State Police and Virginia State University.

William Donald "Don" Green is currently the deputy police chief in Knoxville, Tennessee. Green started as a patrol officer at the South Felton Tenn. Police Department in 1977. He has been in law enforcement for 29 years.

Jose Lopez Sr. is currently assistant police chief of the Hartford Police Department in Connecticut. He joined the Hartford Police Department in 1983 as a patrolman. He also has worked as an investigator with the New Jerset Department of Law and Public Safety.

“I am thoroughly impressed with the solid experience of these finalists,” Baker said. “They meet the criteria and qualities I had in mind for the next chief, including having risen through the ranks at a similar size police department, holding positions that allowed them to develop strong field and management experience, combined with an appreciation for strong community relations.”

Chalmers, who has been Durham's police chief since January 2003, is retiring at the end of the year.

A public forum is scheduled for June 5 to allow people to meet the three candidates.


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  • whoami May 27, 2007

    Rosie O'Donnell for chief! We would save millions....because all the officers would quit, no admin expenses, and all the criminals would straighten up rather than have to suffer through a bullying "BIG I LITTLE YOU" session. She's solve this problem lickety split.

  • lollly52 May 26, 2007

    more wrtie-ins: Houdini, Merlin and the Pied Piper of Hamlin

  • The Professor May 26, 2007

    write in candidates, Buford Justice, Andy Taylor, Chief Gillespie, Chuck Norris, Buford Pusser, Kojak, Baretta, Barney Miller.

  • Joe Schmoe May 25, 2007

    Ann Denlinger? Boring. I nominate Jackie Wagstaff.

  • mycatbubba May 25, 2007

    Has anyone considered Ann Dinlinger for the position??

  • Ihatexray May 25, 2007

    It's true that Raleigh has as much gang and violence as Durham, but if we're in Durham that's what they need to worry about. Personally I think they need a waaaaayyyy tougher police force in Durham. I was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Durham reminds me of Brooklyn in the 80's. NY really cracked down on crime in the 90's, and yes there will always be crime, but it's soooooo much safer now than it was back then. These kids in Durham are living in the past. Someone needs to bring them into the present the hard way.

  • Go_APPS May 25, 2007

    Raleigh has just as many gang/drug problems as Durham - the only difference is that they don't like to acknowledge it.

  • tritech May 25, 2007

    i'll save you the time reading this... jordin sparks is the winner :D

  • claudnc May 25, 2007

    What is Chalmers doing retiring already..Isnt that why marsha Clark lost her job because the perception was she did not want to appoint him as the police chief.. after all that and he did not even serve 5+ years... He has alot of nerves.

  • nosouthernershere May 25, 2007

    no such thing as being stuck in a town. don't like it, move. I never go to Durham myself, don't like the idea of possibly being charged with a crime so that the DA can get re-elected.