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.
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
Completed; View recordings below
Finalize job posting and open for applications
Open recruitment and screening of leading candidatesJulyCompleted
Conduct first screening of applications/resumesLate JulyCompleted
Conduct second screening of candidates and preliminary background reviewMid-to-late AugustCompleted
Conduct selection exercises to evaluate finalistsLate August/early SeptemberCompleted
Conduct final evaluation and structured panel interviews
Early-to-mid September
Complete thorough background investigationsMid-OctoberIn progress
Candidate selection and announcementMid-October
Candidate start dateEarly November

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