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Diverse Advisory Group Provides Openness And Transparency to Police Chief Search 2/29/2012

(Fayetteville, N.C.) – A diverse advisory group chosen by Fayetteville City Manager Dale Iman is bringing additional openness and transparency to the City’s police chief search, which already includes the services of the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF). Charlotte Lansinger, PERF’s executive search consultant, has already conducted interviews of members of the community and met with the advisory group, all toward helping to recruit a diverse pool of highly qualified candidates for consideration as Fayetteville’s next police chief.

The advisory group includes Bishop Larry Wright, president of the Fayetteville/Cumberland County Ministerial Council; Karl Merritt; Dr. Lorenzo Boyd, an assistant professor in Fayetteville State University’s Department of Criminology; Judge Kim Tucker of District Court 12; former District Attorney Ed Grannis; Rev. Robin Kay Monk, youth minister of First Baptist Church; retired Fayetteville Fire Chief Benny Nichols; Sheriff Earl (Moose) Butler; and retiring Fayetteville Police Chief Tom Bergamine.

Lansinger met with the advisory group Tuesday, her second day of work in Fayetteville.

“The police chief search advisory group was strategically selected to be a diverse collection of leaders in Fayetteville who are knowledgeable about the Fayetteville Police Department, the criminal justice system, and the opportunities and challenges that face our City’s Police Department,” City Manager Dale Iman said. “The advisory group members are well known in our community and have a vast amount of experience in working with and serving the citizens of Fayetteville; members of this group are experts in their fields and their input is a valuable asset to this search process. I’m grateful for their participation as we develop the profile of the ideal candidate to hire as Fayetteville’s next police chief.”

Lansinger started the police chief search process in Fayetteville on Monday, touring the City and meeting with Iman. Lansinger got right down to business, interviewing diverse members of the community, including business owners and faith based leaders, long-time residents, and community advocates. She met the City Council and attended Monday’s regular Council meeting.

On Tuesday, Lansinger met Bergamine, took a tour of the Police Department offices, and attended a Police Department staff meeting. She then visited the Family Justice Center and participated in the advisory group, performed in-person and phone interviews with key community members, and attended a specially arranged meeting of community watch leaders, which featured an active cross-section of citizens who are enthusiastic about community participation.

Lansinger will use the in-person and phone interviews, group discussion, the Internet, and targeted outreach through police organizations to assemble a well qualified, diverse pool of applicants.

Citizens can access all information available about the Fayetteville police chief search by logging onto the City website, www.cityoffayetteville.org, and clicking on the “Police Chief Search” button at the top right of the page. To get news and updates about the process first, follow the City on Facebook and/or Twitter (www.facebook.com/cityoffayetteville, www.twitter.com/CityOfFayNC).