Durham Police Chief Search

The City of Durham is seeking a Chief of Police to lead a dynamic and diverse, CALEA-accredited Police Department. 

  • The Police Chief must be a transformative and visionary leader with a focus on community engagement, racial equity, as well as increasing trust and partnerships.  
  • The successful Police Chief candidate must be able to foster relationships with the community, elected officials, City administration, and the command staff, supervisors, officers, and civilian members of the department. 
  • The Police Chief must also be supportive of alternative response models in community safety.

Learn more about the search timeline and opportunities for community feedback:

Durham Police Chief Search - group of diverse police officers stand next to patrol cars


Please note that dates may change and/or steps may be added due to the complexity of the process and the impact of COVID-19.

Current step highlighted in bold/yellow:

Community and stakeholder surveys and open forums
Survey/phone line open through June 15; View forum recordings below
Finalize job posting and open for applications
JuneIn progress
Open recruitment and screening of leading candidatesJuly
Conduct first screening of applications/resumesLate July
Conduct second screening of candidates and preliminary background reviewMid-to-late August
Conduct selection exercises to evaluate finalistsLate August/early September
Conduct final evaluation and structured panel interviewsEarly-to-mid September
Complete thorough background investigationsMid-September
Candidate selection and announcementMid-to-late September
Candidate start dateMid-to-late November

Complete the Community Survey by June 15

The City invites public comment regarding the hiring of the next Chief of Police. The information requested in this survey will be used to identify qualities needed in the next Chief as well as critical issues facing the City and the Police Department. 

All responses are anonymous. Results will be summarized by the consulting group Developmental Associates which will be running the search and hiring process for the City.

Provide Feedback by Phone: 919-560-4273

  • Community members also have the option to provide feedback by phone. Instructions are provided in English and Spanish, and all messages will be transcribed and provided to the search firm.

Watch Open forums

Open forums were held on May 25 and May 26 to give community members an opportunity to provide feedback. View the recordings below.

May 25 Forum

May 26 Forum