New Apex town manager lays out priorities for diversity, growth
Incoming Apex Town Manager Katy Crosby is laying out her goals for the future of a growing town in Wake County. Crosby is coming to Apex after three years as Chief of Staff for the city of Toledo, Ohio.
RECKONING WITH NEW EVIDENCE OF RACIAL BIAS WITHIN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. WE SPOKE WITH THE NEW TOWN MANAGER IN THE FIRST INTERVIEW SINCE EXCEPT IN THE JOB. WE GO LIVE TO APEX WITH THAT STORY. HI, MATT. >> Reporter: KATIE CROSBY WILL BE THE FIRST WOMAN AND FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN TOWN MANAGER HERE IN APEX. OF HER FIRST TASKS IS TO HIRE A NEW POLICE CHIEF WHO CAN BUILD TRUST IN THE ENTIRE COMMUNITY. >> WE VALUE DIVERSITY AND -- >> Reporter: SHE SPOKE WITH WRAL NEWS OVER ZOOM WHERE SHE IS WRAPPING UP FOR YEARS OF CHIEF OF STAFF FOR THE CITY OF TOLEDO. >> I THINK MY SKILLS MATCH WHAT APEX IS LOOKING FOR IN TERMS OF THE CHANGE AND THE GROWTH IN THE COMMUNITY RIGHT NOW. >> Reporter: ONE OF THE CHANGES INVOLVES THE TOP JOB AT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT. THE INCOMING TOWN MANAGER WILL BRING ABOARD A NEW POLICE CHIEF TO LEAD A FORCE STILL RECOVERING FROM A REPORT THAT REVEALED DEEPLY ENTRENCHED RACIAL BIAS IN THE DEPARTMENT. >> W MAKE SURE THAT THAT ISSUE DOES NOT CONTINUE IN APEX? >> I THINK THE BIGGEST THING IS MAKING SURE WE HAVE GOOD LEADERSHIP IN THE POLICE CHIEF, MAKING SURE WALKING IN THE DOOR WE SET VALUES FOR HOW WE EXPECT OUR CITY EMPLOYEES TO INTERACT WITH OUR RESIDENTS AS WELL AS OTHER EMPLOYEES . >> Reporter: CROSBY PROMISES ACCOUNTABILITY TO EVERYONE IN THE COMMUNITY. >> YOUR VALUE IF IT IS INCLUSION AND RESPECT, THEY HAVE A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF THAT AND HOLDING PEOPLE ACCOUNTABLE FOR THAT. >> CROSBY HIS FIRST DAY ON THE JOB IN APEX IS JULY 12th TO THE MAYOR HERE IN TOWN SAYS HE HOPES TO HAVE A NEW POLICE CHIEF IN PLACE JUST A FEW WEEKS LATER BY THE END OF JULY TO THE TOWN IS ALSO HIRING A DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION OFFICER WHO WILL WORK ON THESE ISSUES SPECIFICALLY IN THE TOWN OF APEX.