***RESCHEDULED***City of Asheville seeks public input in selection of new police chief

UPDATED FEB 24: See updated schedule below.

The City of Asheville will hold a community input meeting for selection of Asheville’s next police chief tomorrow morning, Wednesday, February 25 from 8 – 9:30 a.m. at the City Public Works Building located at 161 South Charlotte Street.  Tomorrow’s meeting will replace this morning’s planned input meeting which was cancelled due to inclement weather.

This is one in a series of public meetings aimed at inviting input from the community on the characteristics it would like to see in a new chief for the Asheville Police Department.  Members of the public are invited to attend any of three public meetings held Wednesday, February 25.

A second public input opportunity will take place Wednesday during the regular meeting of the Inter-Denominational Ministerial Alliance of Asheville from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Hill Street Baptist Church, 135 Hill Street.

The third meeting will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the fourth floor training room, Municipal Building, 100 Court Plaza.  Light refreshments will be provided at each meeting.  If there is a change to the evening meeting due to inclement weather, information will be posted to the City website and followed up with social media announcements.

The City is working with Affion Public, an independent external recruiting firm, in a national search for qualified candidates for this position. Input from the public will help compile valuable information into the community’s priorities for the recruitment and retention of a new chief.

Following these meetings, input collected from the public will be compiled and posted to the City of Asheville Projects Page at ashevillenc.gov/projects.

Steve Belcher has been serving as the Asheville Police Department’s Interim Chief since January 19, and will continue to serve in that capacity until the city and Affion Public have completed the national search for a permanent police chief. The target date to have a new police chief in place is June 1, 2015.

Updates on the selection process as well as opportunities to provide feedback online will also be made available at the city’s Projects Page.