Period to apply for police chief position closes

Oct. 26, 2013 @ 12:24 PM

Confidential applications for the chief of police position in Henderson closed on Friday.

According to Ray Griffin, the city manager responsible for the hire, the process now shifts to trimming down. All applicants will be checked to be sure they meet the prerequisites advertised in the position.

“We will now, after we work through the applications, make a first cut list so to speak,” Griffin said. “And individuals that are placed on that list, they will get a supplemental questionnaire. We use that to further evaluate for a short list of the assessment center.”

Former police chief Keith Sidwell retired on May 31. Capt. Marcus Barrow is serving as interim chief. Griffin is hopeful for a December hiring and January start by the new chief.

The process for finding Henderson’s new law enforcement leader has included securing the services of Management and Personnel Services Group of Raleigh, input from current police department staff and elected city leaders, and input from a public gathering at City Hall.

Once the list of applicants is trimmed, the finalists will meet with an assessment center team of a dozen to 16 people on Dec. 11-13.

The assessment team will include public administration and law enforcement personnel, as well as local citizens. They will forward their assessment to Griffin, who is responsible for making the choice.

The job posting was available coast to coast, but with emphasis in the state and southeast region. Griffin said applications have been received from North Carolina and from out of state.

“I think we have a good pool of applicants,” Griffin said.

Griffin said for now, all names of applicants are confidential.

“Applicants have been submitting resumes with the understanding applying is in confidence,” Griffin said. “As we develop the assessment center, we’ll look at the appropriate time for it to be public.”

Griffin said applicants would know beforehand if and when finalists would be made public.

According to the job post, the chief would be in charge of a department with 52 sworn officers, eight civilian staff and 17 part-time positions. He or she would report to the city manager and be part of the city’s leadership team.

Candidates must be graduates of an accredited four-year college or university with a major in law enforcement, criminal justice, public administration or related field and with experience and responsibility in law enforcement management, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

The post also included a desire for “a strong communicator” and “visionary leader” with “success in problem-solving, collaboration and partnership with the city manager, staff and the community.”

Residency in Henderson or Vance County is also among other requirements.

The job is advertised with a salary range of $65,000 to $85,000 dependant on qualifications, with full range going to $98,000. Sidwell’s departing salary was $72,495, which was considered below market value.

Contact the writer at awooten@hendersondispatch.com.