Reports are popping up that no less than four members of the Charlotte Police Department's command staff are looking elsewhere to further their careers.
This would include Deputy Chief Harold Medlock who was rejected as Fayetteville, North Carolina's new police chief. (CP Sources may have this wrong so read on) also on the hunt for new jobs are a couple of CMPD majors who have been passed over for the DC position and Chief Monroe himself.
At least one CMPD Major was on the list Rock Hill Chief's list. However the Rock Hill Police Chief job was was taken off the table when Rock Hill announced that they would promote from within late Friday Morning.
Reasons for the sudden departures is explained as differences of opinion and management style. But internal strife is almost always cited at the water cool
First There Was This:
Interim Fayetteville Police Chief Wants Permanent Job
The interim police chief in Fayetteville said Thursday that she's confident the police department can move on from recent controversy and restore trust in the community.
Katherine Bryant, who has risen through the ranks over the past 25 years, took the helm of the police department last month from Tom Bergamine after he retired.
“I love what I do,” Bryant said. “I know I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing, and I know that this was my purpose. This is what I was supposed to do. Coming to work is enjoyable, and I think it’s wonderful when you can love your job.”
In the last year and a half, the Fayetteville Police Department has drawn complaints that officers engaged in racial profiling during so-called consent searches of vehicles. The searches are done during traffic stops when officers have no search warrants.
The City Council hired an outside consultant to review the department, and officers are now required to get written permission from drivers to do the searches.
A police advocacy group has sued the city, saying consent searches are legal and arguing that officials overstepped their authority.
"We've had some divided issues, and ... we've got to move forward on those issues," Bryant said. "We've got to come back together because both the City Council and the mayor and and the police department, we are still part of one community, one organization."
The outside consultant made 24 recommendations, and Bryant said some were already in the works at the time. Others, such as a proposed citizen review board to handle complaints against police, are still being discussed, she said.
"We have a few things to still work on, and the citizen review board is one of those, as well as the in-car cameras. We have most of our cars outfitted with in-car cameras,” she said.
Ted Voorhees, the newly hired city manager in Fayetteville, is expected to name a permanent chief in the near future. If Bryant is named as chief, she would be the first woman in that position in Fayetteville history.
"The fact that here I am right now as the interim is pretty amazing to me,” she said. "(Becoming the permanent chief is) definitely something I’ll have to strongly consider, looking at it both personally and professionally, making sure that whatever direction I choose is the best for both me and the department."
And This from last Friday:
Interim Fayetteville Police Chief Katherine Bryant returned to work Friday after she accidentally shot herself in the hand during the Christmas holiday, authorities said.
A spokesman for the city said Bryant was injured when her personal firearm accidentally discharged at home. No one else was hurt.
Officials did not provide more details on the incident.
Bryant, who has risen through the ranks over the past 25 years, took the helm of the police department last summer from Tom Bergamine after he retired.
Bryant will remain on the job until a replacement is named, officials said. Earlier this month, the city announced the top two finalists for the job are Charlotte Deputy Police Chief Harold Medlock and Dallas Deputy Police Chief Malik Aziz.
Then This From Today:
The new Fayetteville police chief will be named Wednesday, city officials said.
City Manager Ted Voorhees will announce his choice at a 1:30 p.m. news conference in front of the Police Department at 467 Hay St.
Voorhees chose two finalists: Malik Aziz, 44, a deputy chief in Dallas, and Harold Medlock, 55, a deputy chief with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg force.
Both candidates met with city officials and residents in two public forums last month. City Council members and community leaders said they were impressed with both men's credentials and ideas for fighting crime in Fayetteville.
Aziz, in his 21 years with Dallas police, has directed the special operations and tactical teams. Medlock has commanded a patrol division covering the southern half of Mecklenburg County and oversaw security ahead of the Democratic National Convention, which was held in Charlotte in September.
About 100 people applied for the police chief's job. The new chief will succeed Tom Bergamine, who retired last summer.
Finally This From Late This Evening:
Dallas police Deputy Chief Malik Aziz said tonight he was not chosen to be Fayetteville's next police chief.
"I was informed earlier today I was not the selection," he said.
Earlier today, City Manager Ted Voorhees announced he planned to host a news conference Wednesday to announce his choice for the job.
Aziz, 44, was one of two finalists for the position out of an applicant pool of more than 100 candidates.
The other finalist is Charlotte-Mecklenberg Deputy Police Chief Harold Medlock, 55.
Aziz said tonight Voorhees did not tell him specifically Medlock was chosen for the position.
Both finalists met with city officials and residents in two public forums last month in Fayetteville. City Council members and community leaders said they were impressed with both men's credentials and ideas for fighting crime in Fayetteville.
Aziz, in his 21 years with Dallas police, has directed the special operations and tactical teams.
Medlock has commanded a patrol division covering the southern half of Mecklenburg County and oversaw security ahead of the Democratic National Convention, which was held in Charlotte in September.
Voorhees' news conference was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in front of the Police Department at 467 Hay St.
The new chief will succeed Tom Bergamine, who retired last summer