The city of Asheville has put out a request for proposal seeking a consultant to help with the selection of the next chief of the Asheville Police Department. According to the proposal, the final police chief candidate will be chosen by January 2012. The expected cost of the consultant is not specified.
“This national recruitment process will ensure that we build public input into our process and that we have a highly qualified, diverse applicant pool,” City Manager Gary Jackson says in the announcement of the search.
The RFP details the search process. The consultant will get feedback from APD officers, conduct “community focus groups,” coordinate the recruitment process and evaluate the chief’s current compensation.
The city aims to recruit the consultant by July 29.
Chief Bill Hogan, who had occupied the APD’s top job since 2004, retired in April amidst controversy over missing evidence and a sexual harassment suit involving a still-employed APD officer. Capt. Wade Wood currently serves as interim chief.
— David Forbes, senior news reporter