Memphis expects to have new police chief appointed in March 2021


MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The city of Memphis expects to have a new police chief appointed in March 2021, local leaders revealed.

During an online meeting, Chief Human Resources Officer Alex Smith shared the proposed timeline for hiring someone to replace Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings, who is set to retire in April 2021.

The job posting will be made available on Dec. 11 with the evaluation period running from Jan. 6 to Feb. 19.

Mayor Jim Strickland will then take over the process, interviewing candidates at the end of February. He will present his pick to the City Council on March 2 with the hopes of having the new director sworn in by March 15, but the dates are subject to change.

The mayor has recently emailed a group of people about the search process. WREG-TV got a copy of that email. He asked for their help finalizing “the chief of police job description.”

Strickland said it will help the search firm they hired, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, with more context about the critical skills and competencies necessary to be successful in the important role.

The email went to about two dozen people including past Director Toney Armstrong, council members Worth Morgan and Patrice Robinson and District Attorney Amy Weirich. Additionally, the sheriff and crime commission president received the email.

Also, members of the police association and the civilian law enforcement review board were included in the email. Activist Davonte Hill and two senior pastors, J. Lawrence Turner and Bill Adkins were also on the list.

The mayor’s administration said the group has been asked to chime in on what the next director should be like but may not necessarily be on the interview panel.

They are also working on getting public feedback.

“Then we will finalize the position description and hopefully have it posted in early December,” Smith said.

The mayor hopes to make his final section late February and present it to the council in March.

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