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Officers Hear From Raleigh Police Chief Finalists

Posted July 26, 2007

— A forum is scheduled Thursday night for the public to hear from the two finalists for the Raleigh police chief position, but some officers already had an opportunity to hear from the candidates.

Raleigh City Manager Russell Allen has narrowed the field of potential candidates for the city's top cop down to Kent Sholar, a 24-year veteran with the department, who is also currently the interim police chief, and Henry Patrick Dolan, chief of the Grand Rapids, Mich., Police Department.

Many of the department's 746 officers heard from both candidates at a forum Thursday at City Hall. They asked both men about their desire to lead the department, their experience and their views on communication and training.

"Raleigh is a very safe city and it's because of the work you all do everyday, but I am really looking forward to the opportunity to lead this police department as we keep progressing," Sholar said.

"To have been a member of this police department as a recruit and then worked on the road and to have now come back, to be in this forum today is quite a honor," Dolan said. "To be back here in Raleigh will be an exciting opportunity for me."

The new police chief is expected to make anywhere from $93,113 to 149,223. Former police chief Jane Perlov, who left Raleigh to take a security position with Bank of America in Charlotte, had a salary of $139,832 at the time of her departure.

The hiring will ultimately be up to Allen, but the officers were given evaluation forms to offer feedback about the two candidates.

The public will also get a chance to weigh in on the hiring at a forum, starting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall. Those who attend will also get a form to evaluate both candidates.


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  • Ice Jul 26, 2007

    "Kent Sholar has done a great job as the interim chief; but I think we need someone who has had a variety of experience"

    Does moving from one job to another qualify as a "variety of experience?" I agree that Sholar has done a great job. Sometimes you need to "don't fix it if it ain't broke."

  • The Dude Jul 26, 2007

    Dolan made the better case for his appointment as chief.

  • choppa Jul 26, 2007

    I am surprised that more people have not commented on such a serious subject as Raleigh's next police chief.

  • choppa Jul 26, 2007

    When I first began following this story I noticed many people were for Sholar as the new chief. Lately I have seen an equal amount of support for Dolan. As a Durham resident that has extensive business, education, and personal ties to Raleigh, I truly hope that Raleigh gets the best chief for the job.

  • ifcdirector Jul 26, 2007

    How dare they nominate someone local. It's absolutely mandatory to give the job to someone who is not even from here, has no local ties here, and is most importantly from north of the Mason-Dixon line right? It's been such a successful practice in the past that no one has ever used this as a stepping stone.............right? Let's just hope the next chief continues to reinforce Fortress Perlov perhaps this time with a 15' high electrified fence?

  • K9Tucker.LoveMYcop Jul 26, 2007

    dare107 - you are absolutely correct about Dolan. He is an outstanding chief who had "hands-on training" Raleigh would benefit from his education, knowledge, and skills.

  • neptunescourt Jul 26, 2007

    buckos18 - back your comment up with some facts. I'll be humming the theme from Jeopardy while you finish your list.

  • dare107 Jul 26, 2007

    I have known Harry Dolan for years, back in 1989 I was in a Major case narcotics class in Salemburg, NC and Harry was in that class as a Cheif of Police, Now that is unheard of!!!!!! We asked him why as the Cheif of Lumberton PD he would be there? And I got the greatest response: Harry said "I can't supervise my people that work narcotics unless I know what they do out there." he completed the 2 week course and has become one of the foremost experts on community policing. Harry is the man for this job!!!!! I have the upmost respect for him!

  • buckos18 Jul 26, 2007

    Perlov got rid of the good ole boy system? Are you kidding me? She was the worst thing to ever happen to Raleigh. I want a "POLICE OFFICER" to get the job, not another politician like Perlov.

  • C-2 Vettes Jul 26, 2007

    Looks as if these are two very good choices to head the Raleigh PD.Difficult to choose, but I should mention that I live in Wake Co.& if both candidates are anything close to our Sheriff Harrison, Raleigh is in a win-win situation.Now, I have heard from both city & county officers [in confidence]that the chief should not be chosen from outside the present department. While I can understand that standpoint, I'm certainly not qualified to make any such decision. Bottom line: the Raleigh PD needs to have a real working chief as we have as Sheriff of Wake Co.& that's going to be tough to equal.