Police Chief Search

Happening Now

Asheville City Manager Debra Campbell has named Robert C. White (Retired) to serve as Interim APD Chief.  The job opening for police chief closed October 31, and staff and PERF are reviewing applications.  Interviews will be scheduled in early December as scheduling allows.

The City Manager anticipates the announcement of a final candidate by end of December/early January with an anticipated start date of late winter.




Working in partnership with Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) consultants,  City staff went into the community to gather input about the qualities and characteristics Asheville’s residents desired in the next police chief.

Two community meetings were held to get input from the community on what qualities, attributes and skills they would like to see in the next police chief of Asheville.

In addition to the online survey, City staff reached out to the community with physical hard copies at meetings, community centers, and one school.  Staff went out on the streets of Asheville, surveys in had, to actively solicit community input.

The profile can be found here.  The input collected by PERF and City staff is available below.

The City of Asheville held an informational meeting to discuss how public input informed the profile used to search for Asheville’s next police chief. The informational session took place on Monday, May 13 at the Stephens Lee Recreation Center. View the meeting video here.


Community Input Results

Online Survey Results
At Large Community Responses (Surveys collected throughout the community)
Pisgah View Street Team Engagement
Eagle/Market Street Meeting Engagement
Asheville High School Engagement
Charlotte Street Meeting Engagement
Shiloh Community Engagement
Asheville Mall Engagement
Green Opportunities Engagement
Consultant Summary (From comments made during community meetings and City staff)



October 2019 – Chief Robert C. White begins work as interim police chief, job opening posted

November 2019 – Job opening closes, applications are reviewed, interviews scheduled

December 2019 – Interviews held

December 2019 – January 2020 – City Manager announces selection


Supporting Documents

Input Wrap Up Meeting Video
Police Chief Profile
About PERF


Contact Information

Beth Bechel