Rocky Mount posts chief of police job as number of homicides surge in city

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ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WNCN) – The City of Rocky Mount has posted a job opening for its chief of police – more than a year since having a permanent chief. 

Chief James Moore retired at the start of 2018 and the City has hired interim chiefs since but no permanent replacement has been named. 

The job is slated to only be posted for four days and is only open to internal candidates, according to the City’s website

That internal candidate will need at least 15 years experience in law enforcement to help protect the near 60,000 residents of Rocky Mount. 

The City of Rocky Mount said the job was previously open to internal and external candidates for a total of about two months. 

Rocky Mount police said there have been six homicides so far in 2019. All six are unrelated cases.

In 2018, officers said there were 11 homicide cases for the entire year. 

Rocky Mount has been rife with controversy in the last several months as City Manager Rochelle  Small-Toney has been accused of mismanagement after hiring a friend for a city position.

An internal review is underway to look into employee turnover, compensation practices, hiring practices, and overall financial management at City Hall. 

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