VOL. 9 | NO. 29 | Saturday, July 16, 2016
Strickland Reviews 6 Finalists for Police Director Position
By Bill Dries
Interim Memphis Police Director Michael Rallings is one of six finalists Mayor Jim Strickland is considering for appointment to the job on a permanent basis.
Strickland released the list of six finalists Friday, July 15, recommended to him by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. He has said he intends to appoint someone for the position and have them on the job by the end of August following confirmation by the Memphis City Council.
Strickland’s office said Friday his first step is to interview each of the finalists in August.
The other finalists are:
•Malik Aziz, deputy chief, Dallas Police Department
•Branville Bard, chief of police and director of public safety, Philadelphia Housing Authority; former police inspector (lieutenant colonel), education and advanced training division of the Philadelphia Police Department
•Richard Bash, deputy chief of police, Columbus (Ohio) Division of Police
•Patrick Melvin, former chief of police, Salt River (Arizona) Police Department; chief of police/assistant city manager, Maricopa; commander in Phoenix Police Department
•Joseph Sullivan, chief inspector/commanding officer, Philadelphia Police Department
Rallings has been interim director since February when police director Toney Armstrong left to become head of security for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Strickland encouraged Rallings to apply for the job.
Still pending in Shelby County Chancery Court is a lawsuit by The Commercial Appeal seeking the release of the names of everyone who applied for the job through the IACP.
Strickland has argued that releasing the names of all of the applicants would have a “chilling” effect on possible contenders for the appointment if the cities they now work for knew they were seeking a job somewhere else.
The city’s position in court has been that the city’s contract for the national job search does not entitle the city to reveal a list of everyone who applied, only the finalists selected by the IACP.
However, Tennessee Attorney General Herbert Slatery has said in a recent legal opinion that the search firm hired by the Metro Nashville school system must release the names of everyone who applied for the job of school superintendent there.