Looks like only one of the five potential internal candidates for Police Chief expressed interest in the position: Chris Blue.
Chris’ evaluation “will focus on the characteristics that have been identified that we need in a chief and the extent to which his behavior fulfills those characteristics. The basic characteristics we are looking for were defined in an extensive public input process in 2007 when Chief Gregg Jarvies retired.â€ according to Town Manager Roger Stancil.
From what I know of the 2007 process, what I know of the direction the department is heading in, Chris has the required characteristics Roger is looking for.
Best of luck Chris.
From a late breaking Town news release:
Chapel Hill looks within to fill police chief position
Posted Date: 10/29/2010
The new police chief for the Town of Chapel Hill may be selected through an assessment process that is expected to conclude in November 2010.
Brian Curran, who has served the Town for nearly 30 years, announced his retirement in April 2010 and will serve until December 2010. Town Manager Roger Stancil has commended Curranâ€™s achievements as chief, including his work to create a leadership development program, create a diverse command and supervisory structure, expand community policing efforts, and take the lead in innovation and teamwork to find solutions to community issues.
â€œChief Curran has been the epitome of community policing throughout his career,â€ Town Manager Stancil said. â€œUnder his leadership, the department renewed its commitment to community policing. His thoughtful promotion process created a group of emerging leaders in the department. His current focus is on a strategic plan for the future of the department and development of leaders who can implement the plan.â€
Town Manager Stancil informed the Town Council in June 2010 that he believed the best way to continue this momentum of progress in the department was to first consider internal candidates for the chiefâ€™s position. Internal candidates eligible to apply for the position were three captains and the two assistant chiefs. One of those five individuals expressed an interest in the chiefâ€™s position, Assistant Chief Chris Blue.
â€œA rigorous set of experiences and expectations has been established to assess Assistant Chief Blueâ€™s skills in real time with real issues,â€ Town Manager Stancil said. â€œAs with other assessment processes, this one will focus on the characteristics that have been identified that we need in a chief and the extent to which his behavior fulfills those characteristics. The basic characteristics we are looking for were defined in an extensive public input process in 2007 when Chief Gregg Jarvies retired.â€
The assessment center process is not new to the Town of Chapel Hill. The process has been used to fill numerous positions, including the review in 2007 for a chief to replace Gregg Jarvies. Assistant Chief Blue was the second highest ranking candidate in that process.
Because the assessment process is now under way, Assistant Chief Blue will not be available for comment about his experience with the assessment center.