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Police interest group endorses Raleigh's interim police chief

Posted January 29, 2013

— The Raleigh Police Protective Association, an interest group representing nearly 600 officers in the Capital City, is endorsing the city's interim police chief to fill the position left vacant last year by former Chief Harry Dolan.

"Interim Chief (Cassandra) Deck-Brown exhibits the characteristics that are essential in the next police chief: experience, knowledge, expertise and integrity," RPPA President Eric DeSimone said in a statement Tuesday. "We are confident that Chief Deck-Brown will continue to lead this department and the community forward."

Deck-Brown is one of three candidates that the city is considering to replace Dolan.

Earlier this month, she announced the discontinuation of an employee performance evaluation that Dolan implemented last year. The RPPA opposed the system as a way to measure police officers' work, saying it judged officers on the quantity of the work they do and not the quality.

Deck-Brown said in a statement that she thought the program did not meet the police department's needs.

Last week, Raleigh city leaders held a public forum with the three police chief finalists. In addition to Deck-Brown, they are Chief Bryan Norwood, of the Richmond Police Department in Richmond, Va., and Deputy Chief Malik Aziz, of the Dallas Police Department in Dallas, Texas.

City Manager Russell Allen said Tuesday that a decision on who will fill the post could be possible within the next two weeks.


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  • early exit Roy Jan 31, 2013

    mys1983, it doesn't bother me this lady got the job. But it is pretty much statistically impossible the final three candidates were all black. It was in the plan that Raleigh was going to have a black police chief. The best way to guarantee that is all three finalists are black. She may be the best person and I hope she does well. But, she is an insider and they protect their fellow oficers.

  • Pac-Man Jan 31, 2013


    How will a new person come without hidden agendas? The two other candidates know nothing of Raleigh and we know nothing of them. Dolan, the past chief, did come with fresh ideas, but also with plenty of hiddens agendas.

  • MadMaxx Jan 30, 2013

    Oh yeah, that will work..........not. You need new fresh ideas, no culture of the same old routines, promote those you like and run down the ones you do not. new fresh face will come in with out hidden agendas and internal politics. seems like some folks are already sucking up for new promotions.

  • mys1983 Jan 30, 2013

    itsnotatumuah...would you have posed that question if it were all white applicants? Perhaps they just happend to be the most qualiified....

  • itsnotatumah Jan 30, 2013

    Were there any non black applicants? Seems like diversity is one sided. Hopefully they are actually qualified and not just put into the position to look like a tolerant progressive and affirmative action organization.

  • working for deadbeats Jan 30, 2013

    Good choice! She's the right person for the job.

  • computer trainer Jan 30, 2013

    Politics, politics, politics!