City Manager Lee Garrity today announced the selection of three finalists to become the city’s next police chief when Police Chief Scott Cunningham retires at the end of June.
They are: Deputy Police Chief Kerr Putney of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department; Deputy Police Chief Don W. Scott Jr. of the Greensboro Police Department; and Assistant Chief Barry Rountree of the Winston-Salem Police Department.
The public is invited to attend a public forum to meet and address the candidates on Tuesday, May 21, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chamber. The forum will be televised live on WSTV 13, channel 13 TimeWarner Cable and channel 99 on AT&T U-verse.
Citizens will have 90 seconds to ask their question. Citizens who cannot attend can submit questions online at CityofWS.org, however, online submissions will be addressed only as time allows. Online questions must be submitted by 5 p.m. Monday, May 20.
The finalists were selected through a national recruitment process managed by Developmental Associates LLC of Chapel Hill. A diverse pool of 44 applicants from small and large police departments throughout the United States applied for the position. This applicant pool was narrowed down to the three finalists through interviews; a comprehensive assessment center process in which more objective, systematic and accurate methods are used to recruit, screen, and evaluate candidates; and background reviews.
Putney has 20 years of law enforcement experience and has spent his entire career with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. He currently serves as the deputy chief in charge of the Investigative Services Group. In that position, he supervises the day-to-¬day investigation of all major crimes within the jurisdiction. Putney has a strong record of outreach to solicit citizen involvement and has implemented new methods for enhancing diversity within his agency.
Scott has 21 years of law enforcement experience and has served with the Greensboro Police Department for his entire career. He currently serves as the deputy chief in charge of the Patrol Bureau. In that capacity, he oversees patrol officers and support functions related to delivery of police services within the jurisdiction. Scott assisted in the development and implementation of a bottom-up strategic plan to transform the agency into a national model for exceptional policing. The plan includes essential personnel behaviors, new mission and vision statements, a focus on technology, community partnerships, and innovative policing methods.
Rountree is a 25-year veteran of the Winston-Salem Police Department and currently serves as the assistant chief in charge of the Investigative Services Bureau. He previously served as commander of the Field Services and Support Services bureaus. Rountree is committed to building community relationships and believes that this can be accomplished by working with all members of the community to effectively reduce crime, ensure fair enforcement and equal protection of the law for all citizens.
The new chief will lead a department with 569 sworn officers and 166 civilian positions, and an annual budget of $61.6 million.
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