by YES! Weekly staff

Items from across the Triad and beyond


A new chair of the North Carolina Democratic Party will be selected Feb. 7 in Pittsboro. There are currently six candidates running, and they include current vice-chair Patsy Keever, former state senate candidate Tommy Davis, LGBT rights activist Janice Covington Allison, former publisher Constance Johnson and former US House candidates Ron Sanyal and Marshall Adame. Chairman Randy Voller announced in November that he would be stepping down from his post.

Davis received 29 percent against incumbent Jerry Tillman in last year’s race. He also lost to Tillman when he ran as a Republican in the 2012 primary. Adame received 32 percent against incumbent Walter Jones in last year’s election and Sanyal received 11 percent in the Democratic primary last year. Johnson, who lives in Salisbury, was the publisher of City Political Magazine for eight years before running for state senate district 34 last year, where she was defeated by incumbent Andrew Brock 66 percent to 33 percent.

Keever and Allison became the subject of a discussion in Gastonia on Jan. 20 when Keever referred to Allison as a man.

“There ain’t no man left in here, honey,” Allison responded as reported by Qnotes. Keever later apologized on Allison’s Facebook page. Allison, who is from Asheville and identifies as a woman, has been active in the party since 1972 and would be the first transgender chair if she were elected.


According to city officials, the City of Greensboro is less than a month away from hiring a new Chief of Police. The position became available after former Police Chief Ken Miller left the city in August 2014 to pursue another job. Assistant Chief Anita Holder was then named Interim Chief. She took office on Sept. 1.

Less than a month after Holder was named Interim Chief, the city hired Development Associates, LLC to search for possible candidates. The city was unable to reveal how much Development Services has been paid thus far.

City of Greensboro Communications Manager, Donnie Turlington, was able to tell YES! Weekly that 44 applications have been received and the process of selecting finalists is underway.

Sources close to this story have reported that at least a half a dozen current high-ranking officers in the Greensboro Police Department have applied.

So far, only two candidates have admitted they have applied for the job. Col. Randy Powers, who is the Chief Deputy of the Guilford County Sheriff’s Office, was identified as an applicant in December. The public became aware of his intentions to lead the Greensboro Police Department when he received a Facebook endorsement last month from Guilford County Sherriff B.J. Barnes.

Powers is a long shot for the job and is considered to be an extension of the Sherriff’s Department. The idea of combining the Police Department and the Sheriff’s Department has been brought up before and it has proven to be a polarizing topic.

The only other applicant that identified themselves is Greensboro Deputy Chief Wayne Scott. Deputy Chief Scott responded to YES! Weekly today via text confirming his application for the position of Chief of Police.

Deputy Chief Scott is currently in charge of the Investigations Bureau. Prior to his promotion as Deputy Chief, he worked as the Commanding Officer of the Police Training Division. According to information on the City of Greensboro’s website, Scott’s career includes, “tours of duty in Patrol, Community Resources, Crash Reconstruction, Traffic Safety, Police Training, and as commander of the Patrol Bureau. ” The most intriguing candidate for the job is Greensboro Deputy Police Chief James Hinson. Hinson has reportedly applied for the position. He is currently the Patrol Bureau Commander. Hinson refused to acknowledge YES! Weekly’s request regarding his candidacy for the position.

His career has included serving as the Watch Commander, Commanding Officer of Eastern Division, Operational Support and Executive Officer of the Special Operations Division in District I, III. Hinson has also been named Officer of the Year. !