The Greensboro Police Department (GPD) has a huge problem with vacancies. The number of vacancies in sworn officers is over 100 and growing.
However, there is one vacancy that takes precedence, the chief of police.
Former Greensboro Police Chief Brian James announced his retirement in April and retired from the GPD on May 31. James joined the GPD in 1996 and rose through the ranks. He was appointed deputy police chief in 2015 and sworn in as police chief on Feb. 1, 2020. James is a native of Greensboro and graduated of Page High School and North Carolina A&T State University. His knowledge of Greensboro and the GPD will be difficult to match.
And James didn’t remain retired long. He took over as chief of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Police on July 1.
When James retired, Deputy Police Chief Teresa Biffle was named interim police chief, but Biffle reportedly will not be applying to remove the interim from her title.
The City of Greensboro will be holding three Zoom meetings for the public to give input on hiring the new police chief. The Zoom meetings are each being held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and are scheduled for:
- Wednesday, August 24: Participants can join the meeting via Zoom using the meeting ID: 82820353279 or dial in by phone at 386-347-5053 and using passcode 660662.
- Thursday, August 25: Participants can join the meeting via Zoom using the meeting ID: 86046639045 or dial in by phone at 312-626-6799 and using passcode 144090.
- Wednesday, August 31: Participants can join the meeting via Zoom using the meeting ID: 83468842155 or dial in by phone at 669-444-9171 and using passcode 959723.
In the press release, Assistant City Manager Trey Davis said, “We want to give our residents the opportunity to engage and offer input on what is most important to them in our search for a new police chief. Because everyone has a busy schedule, we are offering these community meetings virtually. We’ll use the input to help shape our search.”
The city will conduct a nationwide search for a new police chief as it did when James was selected in 2020 from the 39 qualified candidates who applied.