ASHEVILLE NC – The city of Asheville is one step closer to having a new police chief. In September, input was collected through numerous community and staff input meetings. The input provided important insight into the unique skill set needed by the next successful police chief and was integrated into the job announcement as well as the evaluation tool used to evaluate each candidate.
The position was advertised nationally utilizing a variety of sources and methods which resulted in over 100 applicants from all over the country.
At the beginning of this month, nine finalists were invited to Asheville for a two-day assessment center process where each candidate was faced with a series of exercises intended to evaluate his or her ability to perform his or her job in real life situations. Evaluators in the process included key community stakeholders, police executives from across the state and city staff members.
Once the assessment center evaluations are complete, the candidate field will be narrowed again. The narrowed field of finalists will be invited back to Asheville for a panel interview with department directors and the city manager. The goal is to announce the new police chief in mid to late January.