Greensboro still searching for next police chief

by Ben Holder

Predictions about who will become Greensboro’s next Chief of Police have been swirling around the Melvin Municipal Office Building for weeks now. Initially, the city announced a decision would be made by the end of February, but the recent snowy weather has apparently pushed everything back until March.The position became available in August 2014 after Ken Miller left for another job. Currently, Anita Holder has been filling in as interim chief until a permanent chief is hired. Late last year, the city hired Development Associates, LLC to identify top candidates. The city received 44 applications for the chief job.Sources report that some of the top candidates still in the running for the job are minority women. The city is reportedly considering at least three female candidates from outside of North Carolina. The candidates that sources have talked about are said to be from California, Florida and Texas.When asked about the time frame for the hiring of a new chief changing, City of Greensboro Communications Manager Donnie Turlington said he was not aware of any changes being made.With only five days left in this month it does not appear the city is ready to make the announcement. During a telephone interview today with YES! Weekly, Councilman Zack Matheny said he isn’t sure when the announcement will be made. “I have asked the city manager a lot of questions about who is going to be the next Chief of Police and he has not been very forthcoming. He did say that he had some good candidates,” Matheny said. He further stated that he didn’t think the council would meet the new chief prior to their hiring.The 44 candidates were reduced to seven candidates last month and the number is now down to the top three. There are two regularly cited scenarios in the police department regarding the top three.Some believe the top three candidates are all females while others say that the top three candidates include only one applicant from outside of the Greensboro Police Department. Others think the top three candidates include Deputy Chief James Hinson, Deputy Chief Wayne Scott and a female from outside of NC. Whatever the case may be, Greensboro won’t know until March.