Greensboro Police Chief Brian James has announced his plans to retire at the end of next month.

According to a press release from the City of Greensboro, James will retire on May 31.

James has been Greensboro police chief for a little over two years, having officially taken over the job on Feb. 1, 2020.  James grew up in Greensboro and graduated from Page High School and NC A&T State University before joining the Greensboro Police Department in 1996.  He rose through the ranks and was appointed to the position of deputy chief in 2015.

In August 2019, after former Police Chief Wayne Scott announced he was retiring, the city conducted a national search that resulted in 39 applications, and then City Manager David Parrish said he had selected James for the job.

When he was sworn into office James said, “I am humbled and grateful to be the chief of police in the city where I grew up.”

James held his first of many community forums at Peeler Recreation Center and noted that he had learned to play basketball in the gym where they were meeting.

In the press release, City Manager Tai Jaiyeoba said, “Prior to, and since my arrival as City Manager earlier this year, Chief James has been a phenomenal team member.  In our regular communication, he demonstrates a unique passion for his job and genuine support for our police officers.  His ideas and stellar leadership will be missed.  Chief James developed an exceptional team of deputies who are able to continue the vision he charted for the department.”

Greensboro Mayor Nancy Vaughan said, “Our community has benefited from the steadfast leadership of Chief Brian James and his departure will be an enormous loss to our city.  He led the department through challenges, such as the 2020 summer protests, a relentless pandemic and record number of vacancies in law enforcement.  On behalf of the City Council, we thank Chief James for his dedication and years of exemplary service.”

Deputy Police Chief Teresa Biffle has been selected to serve as interim police chief while the search for a new police chief takes place.