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City Announces New Police Chief

ASHEVILLE NC – After an extensive national search, the city of Asheville announced today that William Anderson will serve as the city’s next police chief, effective March 1.

Chief Anderson brings 34 years of experience in public service to the Asheville police department with over 10 years served as a police chief.  Currently serving as Chief of Police in Greenville, NC, Anderson is highly regarded in his field.  He currently serves as the regional director for the North Carolina Association of Chiefs of Police and was appointed to the State Emergency Response Commission in 2011 by Governor Beverly Perdue.  Chief Anderson also served 11 years in the Coast Guard Reserves and is an active community member, serving in numerous civic and professional organizations.

“William has a proven track record of leadership in the areas we heard were most important to our community, our employees and our strategic partners.  He has a wealth of experience in tackling the challenges that come with being the police chief in a diverse and dynamic community” said City Manager Gary Jackson.  “I am confident he is capable of taking the department to the next level.”

“My family and I are thrilled to relocate to Asheville,” said Anderson.  “The Asheville police department is well known and respected throughout the state and I am excited about the opportunity to lead the department.”

Anderson is a graduate of Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, FL and a graduate of the FBI National Academy – 192nd session.

Chief Anderson’s acceptance of the offer marks the end of an extensive recruitment process which drew 109 applicants and began with input meetings with community members, police officers and community stakeholders.  The process involved a comprehensive assessment center which involved 18 assessors made up of city staff, community stakeholders and 5 law enforcement executives.  The assessment center was a series of exercises designed to view the final candidates in a variety of roles a police executive must assume.  Finally, the process concluded with in-depth interviews between the city manager and the finalists.

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