The City of Greensboro announces more opportunities for the public to weigh in on the selection of a new Greensboro police chief.

On Sept. 19, the City of Greensboro announced that it is holding three “community input sessions to aid in the search for the next police chief.”

  • Saturday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Greensboro Central Library, 219 N. Church St.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 28, 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Dr.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 28, 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Ruth Wicker Barber Park Event Center, 1502 Barber Park Dr.

An online community survey is also open through Friday, Sept. 30, to provide information to the consulting group hired to assist the city in its search for a new police chief, Developmental Associates.

In August, Greensboro held three Zoom meetings requesting public input.

Former Greensboro Police Chief Brian James officially announced that he was retiring on April 19 and retired on May 31. On July 1, James took over as the chief of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill police department.

Hiring the police chief is the responsibility of City Manager Tai Jaiyeoba, who started his job with the City of Greensboro on Feb. 1. The official announcement by James that he was retiring was in April, but that was the announcement to the public – those in city government knew James was leaving long before the official announcement.

But six months after James announced his retirement, the city is still in the process of gathering information about what the community wants in a new chief in order to begin the selection process.

Public safety is one of the most important functions of local government – some would argue the most important.  The Greensboro Police Department (GPD) has some issues that need to be addressed.  One of those is that the department is short over 100 sworn officers and the vacancy rate continues to rise.  Operating the GPD with an interim chief with no end in sight cannot be beneficial to the recruitment efforts.