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Charleston Chief Dazzles Durham

Posted April 26, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— Charleston's police chief Reuben Greenberg makes a lot of speeches. The one he delivered 10 days ago to the annual meeting of the Durham Chamber of Commerce has led city leadership to decide Greenberg would be perfect to fill the city's vacant post of chief of police.

Greenberg, however, says he's not interested in moving, and that such comments occur fairly frequently after he gives a speech. Having cut crime in Charleston by 50 percent over the past 15 years, the chief has a national reputation as an effective crime fighter. He has written a book, "Let's Take Back Our Streets."

The chief, 53, adds that his wife doesn't want to move, and that he enjoys his other job, teaching at Centerville College.

Durham leaders, meanwhile, are undeterred. They want to talk with him further about the opportunities Durham would present, and that it would enable him to prove his philosophy once again.

And if they don't get Greenberg? They've decided someone exactly like him would be just the ticket.