Opinion of the public sought in the choice of the new chief of police in Greensboro | local government

GREENSBORO — The city is hosting three virtual meetings this month to gather public input on the hiring of its next police chief.

“We want to give our residents the opportunity to engage and have their say on what’s most important to them in our search for a new police chief,” said Greensboro’s Deputy City Manager, Trey Davis, in a press release. “Because everyone has a busy schedule, we are offering these community meetings virtually. We will use the information to help shape our research. »

Meetings will be held from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and August 31.

Participants of Wednesday’s meeting can join via Zoom using meeting ID: 82820353279, or by phone at 386-347-5053 and using passcode 660662.

Participants of Thursday’s meeting can join via Zoom using meeting ID: 86046639045, or by phone at 312-626-6799 and using passcode 144090.

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Attendees of the August 31 meeting can join via Zoom using meeting ID: 83468842155, or by phone at 669-444-9171 and using passcode 959723.

On April 18, Greensboro Police Chief Brian James announced his retirement from the department, effective May 31. James joined the department in 1996 and has been Chief of Police since January 2020.

Acting Police Chief Teresa Biffle said Friday she was not interested in taking the job on a more permanent basis.

The position will be announced after the research firm gathers feedback from the community and key stakeholders, city spokesman Jake Keys said. “We will work together to build a full profile of an ideal police chief at this stage,” he said in an email.

The city doesn’t have a specific timeline for the hiring process, Keys said, but it hopes to have a new chief hired by early 2023.

Contact Kenwyn Caranna at 336-373-7082.