Public Input Sought on Police Chief Search

Post Date:01/03/2007
What qualities do you want in a new police chief? This is the question to be posed in a series of focus groups for citizens, the Council, staff and the police department.

The focus groups are being held to gather early input that will help develop community criteria for the police chief. Those criteria will be used to assess the skills of candidates for the position.

Interested citizens may attend any of the following meetings to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.; 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, at the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive; and 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 23, at Hargraves Community Center, 216 N. Roberson St.

Police Chief Gregg Jarvies has announced his intention to retire on April 1. After 31 years of service, Jarvies has stated his desire to spend more time with his family and focus on personal pursuits. His leadership has been credited with building a police department that expresses the community’s values.

The police chief position has been advertised nationally to draw a diverse pool of qualified and outstanding candidates. Town Manager Roger L. Stancil said the successful candidate will be one who meets community criteria and has proven leadership skills that can continue to build a department that expresses the community’s values. The NC League of Municipalities will assist in the process of assessing candidates.

“The League has much experience in helping towns identify the community’s criteria and matching candidates experience with those criteria,” Stancil said. “We look forward to their participation and assistance.”

For more information on the Chapel Hill Police Chief Search, contact Town Manager Roger L. Stancil at (919) 968-2743 or
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