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:
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
Open recruitment and screening of leading candidates
Conduct first screening of applications/resumes
Conduct second screening of candidates and preliminary background review
Conduct selection exercises to evaluate finalists
Late August/early September
Conduct final evaluation and structured panel interviews
Complete thorough background investigations
Candidate selection and announcement
Candidate start date
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.