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by Keith T. Barber and Jordan Green

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Chief lukewarm on High Point Road substation

Greensboro police Chief Ken Miller indicated he holds reservations about the idea of establishing a police substation on High Point Road during a community forum last week at Trotter Community Center. “Facilities cost a lot of money, and I want to be careful before the city makes that investment because the city really doesn’t have money to pitch out the window in regard to that investment, and although there are people who might even be willing to donate space, there becomes an expectation that we’re there,” he said. “And if we’re there, it means a person is in a building instead of in a neighborhood. I’m a little concerned about how we manage that.” The second and third of four community meetings coordinated with patrol divisions take place this week. Residents in the Eastern Division are invited to Smith Senior Center on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m., while residents of the Western Division are invited to Lewis Recreation Center on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.’­

New city attorney appointed in Greensboro

The city of Greensboro announced recently the appointment of Julia McNeil Danish as the new city attorney. City Manager Rashad Young chose Danish over a number of internal candidates, including Deputy City Attorney Becky Jo Peterson-Buie and assistant city attorneys Tom Carruthers and Jamiah Waterman.

Like Young, Danish has previously worked for the cities of Dayton and Cincinnati in Ohio. Danish’s resume includes director of law for the city of Dayton, vice president for government affairs for the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, civil rights section chief for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, chief legal counsel for the Ohio Department of Commerce and assistant deputy legal counsel for the governor of Ohio.

“Julia’s balanced experience working within the collective bargaining environment, police and community relations, municipal general counsel roles, along with her role in state government and work in intergovernmental relations with the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce made her stand out as the lead candidate in the selection process,” Young said in a prepared statement.

Peterson-Buie has led the city attorney’s office on an interim basis following the retirement this summer of City Attorney Terry Wood.

Danish starts work in Greensboro on Dec. 16.

City manager quoted as saying assT. chief acted inappropriately

Greensboro City Manager Rashad Young found a small area of agreement with former police Capt. Charles Cherry according to a statement from which Cherry quotes the city manager in a recent memo circulated by the Rev. Cardes Brown. In a grievance filed in June, Cherry had complained that Assistant Chief Anita Holder inappropriately suggested that he apply for medical retirement.

At the time, Cherry had been recommended for a fit-for-duty evaluation. Two psychologists ultimately concluded that he is mentally stable. Later, the department investigated Cherry for violations of departmental directives related to a number of grievances that he had filed. The city manager ultimately upheld a termination decision against Cherry.

Cherry quotes Young as writing in a Nov. 2 document: “I concur with you that it was not appropriate for Chief Holder to have recommended or suggested that your pursue medical retirement…. I am directing the human resources department to take steps to remind all supervisors of the city’s procedures under our separation for disability and reasonable accommodation policies.”

Cherry wrote that on June 22 Durham lawyer Thomas Loflin faxed a letter to Holder and then-Chief Tim Bellamy reporting that Holder had violated state law. Cherry contends that Holder solicited him to commit fraud against the NC State Retirement System.

Assistant City Manager Denise Turner said the city manager’s office would have no comment on the matter. Holder did not return phone calls seeking comment on the matter before press time.

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