City of Durham moves forward in search for next police chief


DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – The application period for the next police chief for the City of Durham has now ended.

City Manager Wanda Page along with the firm leading the search, Developmental Associates, LLC, have selected 11 of the 42 applications received from across the country to proceed to the next step in the process.

Over the next two weeks, the 11 candidates will undergo a telephone screening and writing exercise conducted by Development Associates.

Based on those responses, three to five candidates will be chosen to participate in structured interviews that are scheduled to take place in September.

The new chief is expected to start in Durham in mid-to-late November.

Open forums in English and Spanish were held virtually earlier this year, and an online survey was posted on the City’s website to obtain feedback on the characteristics the community hopes to see in Durham’s next police chief.  

There were 608 responses to the survey.

Former Chief C.J. Davis left Durham to lead the Memphis Police Department.

She was selected to take the top job in Memphis in April and her last day in Durham was in mid-June.

Shari Montgomery is currently serving as interim chief in Durham.

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