Open City Hall survey
is available through March 1.
Following meetings, City staff will conduct outreach to neighborhoods.
The City of Asheville is about to embark a search for our next Police Chief, a search that will be open and accessible to the public and City staff.
Community input will be sought through multiple outreach efforts and considered by City Manager Debra Campbell, who will ultimately make the hiring decision.
This community input will be used to develop a profile for the Police Chief position. Input will be sought at two public meetings coming up, as well as through an online survey. The City wants to hear from residents on what leadership qualities they would like to see in our next Police Chief.
Two meetings have already been held:
- 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5: Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center, 285 Livingston St.
- 6 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6: Stephens-Lee Recreation Center, 30 George Washington Carver Ave.
Child care and Spanish interpretive services were be provided at both meetings. Both locations are on ART bus routes.
In addition, the City has launched an online survey on Open City Hall Asheville, asking residents the same questions they will be asked at the public meetings. To take the survey, click on this link. The survey, which can be taken on a computer, smartphone or tablet device, has been extended through March 1. A Spanish language version of the survey is available at this link.
More community outreach
Community outreach will continue over the next few weeks, extending to organizations and groups in underserved communities, such as the Asheville Housing Authority. People can also provide input at our Southside Neighborhood Hours, held at the Grant Center from 3 to 6 p.m. the fourth Thursday of every month.
If you would like to request outreach to your neighborhood, contact Neighborhood and Community Engagement Manager Brenda Mills at 828-259-5506 or BMills@ashevillenc.gov.
A webpage with information related to the Police Chief search is available on the City of Asheville website. This page will be updated throughout the process.
Working with a professional hiring consultant, the goal is to have a new Police Chief hired in the spring.