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City Manager Announces Succession Plan for Chief of Police

Monday, November 24th, 2014

ASHEVILLE NC – Asheville Police Chief William Anderson announced Friday, November 14 his plans for retirement effective December 31.  A recruitment process is underway for his replacement.

City staff expect to release a Request for Proposals (RFP) by the end of November for a high-quality professionally managed recruitment process that includes significant opportunities for community and employee involvement.  With the successful consultant in place by February, the target start date for the new chief will be June 1, 2015.

A key deliverable for the consultant will include a comprehensive input process into preferred candidate characteristics for 1) leading the men and women of the Asheville police department and 2) sustaining and further growing the relationship between the police department and the community.

“The recruitment process will coincide with ongoing, aggressive improvement efforts within the Asheville Police Department,” said City Manager Gary Jackson.  “With many employees already engaged in implementing the APD strategic operating plan, we believe it is important to continue to support their efforts while also providing a reasonable timetable for identifying Asheville’s next police chief.”

Information currently being gathered in the organizational assessment by Matrix Consulting Group will be considered in the recruitment process.  Final reports for both the assessment and the audit being conducted by Johnson Price Sprinkle Public Accountant into certification of radars will be made available for the incoming police Chief.  Asheville Fire Chief Scott Burnette will continue to provide employee engagement expertise as police department employees continue to implement the department’s strategic operating plan.

In addition to his work with Police Chief Anderson, Fire Chief Scott Burnette will also work closely with the interim police chief who will be in place in enough time to maximize a smooth transition through and after Chief Anderson’s last day.

Rest in Peace APD Sr. Officer Robert Bingaman

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – On Tuesday, October 29, the city tragically lost a member of the Asheville Police Department family in the line of duty. Officer Bingaman was driving across the French Broad River when the patrol vehicle he was driving left the Captain Jeff Bowen Bridge.  Despite the great efforts of emergency personnel and APD officers who responded to the scene, Officer Bingaman succumbed to his injuries.  Our prayers and deepest condolences are with Officer Bingaman’s family.  He honorably served his country as a member of the Marine Corps and his city as a well respected police officer.

We ask that the community keep Officer Bingaman in their prayers as well as his family, friends and the officers he worked alongside to keep our community safe.  We also ask that you keep the Asheville Police Department in your thoughts and prayers.  It goes without saying that this is a great loss for the department, the City of Asheville and our community as a whole.

Once funeral arrangements have been made with the family, more information will be distributed.

Many Asheville Police Department Reports Now Available Online

Friday, August 16th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – A new application on the Asheville Police Department’s webpage allows the public direct access to many police reports.  Police to Citizen (P2C) allows members of the public to view police records, search for specific incidents, and access crash reports on demand.  “The addition of this function is another step forward in the easy flow of information between the police department and the public,” said Asheville Police Chief William Anderson.  “Many public police records will now be accessible with the click of a button.”

The P2C application is one of many tools available through the police department’s website at  http://www.ashevillenc.gov/Departments/Police.aspx .  Additional tools include Text-a-Tip which allows crime tips to be submitted anonymously and Crime Reports © which displays crime data geographically.

“This project with the police department is a great example of recognizing a community need and addressing it through open data,” said City of Asheville Chief Information Officer Jonathan Feldman.  “The application is also used by the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department and demonstrates how our consolidated public safety data partnership with Buncombe County continues to produce good results for citizens and staff alike.”

APD Seeks Assistance in Identifying Robbery Suspect

Saturday, June 2nd, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – On Thursday, 05-31-12 at approx. 9:26 p.m., Officers with the Asheville Police Department responded to the Little Caesars Restaurant, located at 801 Fairview Rd. in East Asheville, in reference to an Armed Robbery that had just occurred.

Video surveillance clearly shows the suspect entering the store and ordering all of the employees onto the floor at gunpoint while demanding money from the night manager.  Shortly thereafter, the suspect is seen leaving in an unknown direction of travel.

Suspect is described as a light skinned black male or possibly bi-racial male. He was wearing a grey hoodie, grey gloves with black palms, light colored high-top shoes or boots with black soles (possibly Jordan’s), black ball cap, light blue jeans and held a semi-automatic handgun with a silver slide and black frame.  The male also walked and ran with a “pigeon toed” gate.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Asheville Police Department at 828-252-1110 or Asheville Buncombe crimestoppers at 828-255-5050.  Individuals can also text an anonymous tip to APD TIP at 274637 (CRIMES).

City Announces New Police Chief

Monday, January 16th, 2012

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.

Citizen’s Police Academy Sign Up

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The Asheville Police Department is now inviting residents to apply for the spring semester of its Citizens Police Academy.  This free program gives participants insight into the philosophy and policies that govern the APD’s service to the community.

The class is designed to give residents an appreciation for the problems and challenges facing law enforcement, as well as an up-close opportunity to offer insights, ideas and solutions.

Classes begin March 8 at 6 p.m. at the police department.   The academy lasts for 12 consecutive weeks, with three-hour classes held on Thursday evenings. The final day of the class is a graduation ceremony.

The course consists of basic classroom instruction, presentations, and demonstrations on topics such as criminal investigations, constitutional and criminal law, use of force, departmental structure and defensive tactics. Participants will also be able to ride with police officers on patrol.

Those wishing to participate must apply and be accepted. For more information on the academy, contact Officer Allen Dunlap at 259-5834 or e-mail him at [email protected].

Asheville is One Step Closer to New Police Chief

Friday, December 16th, 2011

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.

Asheville Police Department Seeks Assistance in Home Invasions

Friday, July 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Police Department has responded to and continues to investigate a number of home invasions, particularly in West Asheville. Detectives are seeking any information that may assist in identifying the offenders. In all the cases, the offenders were asking for electronics, money and drugs.

Below is information regarding locations and suspects:

May 13, 12:10 a.m.
*386 Kenilworth Road
Suspects are three black males who were all dressed in black clothing, wearing black bandanas. A handgun was displayed. They were described as follows:
1) 5’9” to 5’11”, light-skinned Black or Hispanic, with a five-inch long ponytail at the nape of his neck, wearing a black hoodie and a black bandana with white on it.
2) 5’ 8”, about 215 -225 lbs., with a chubby build, wearing black Nike tennis shoes with a white “M” shape or design, a black shirt, black pants.
3) 6’ to 6’4”, 170-180 lbs., wearing a solid black ball cap, and Nike Air Force tennis shoes
*This incident is not believed to be related to those in West Asheville.

June 7, 12:30 a.m.
20 Michigan Ave
Four offenders involved. Victim recalls only dark clothing, bandanas, and two handguns.

June 25, 12:45 a.m.
102 Burton St.
Three offenders involved, who displayed a handgun. They were described as:
1) A “skinny” white male, 5’7” – 5’ 10” tall, with blonde hair, eyes described as light blue-green or bright blue. He was wearing a T-shirt and blue jeans.
2) 6’2” tall black male with an average build. He has short hair, a red (possibly a Cardinals) baseball cap, and was wearing a T-shirt and blue jeans.
3) 5’10”-6’ tall “chubby” black male, with short dreadlocks with beads on the ends. He was wearing a T-shirt and jeans and his face was covered.

June 29, 4:27 a.m.
436 Pearson Drive
Two offenders involved. They did not display a handgun.
They had T-shirts wrapped around their faces. Investigators do not believe this incident is related to others in the city.

July 5, 2:30 a.m.
326 Riverview Drive
Three offenders who displayed a handgun. They are described as:
1) White male with blue or green eyes, with a thin build, wearing a green bandana.
2) Black male, medium build, wearing sunglasses, a blue hat and light colored clothing.
3) Dark-skinned black male wearing dark clothing.

July 6, 3:15 a.m.
146 Logan Ave.
Three offenders, all wearing T-shirts and baggy jeans, who displayed a handgun. They are described as:
1) Black male with short dreadlocks, wearing a green bandana over his head and face. He wore rectangular framed glasses and had a tattoo on his right forearm that may have been a female’s name.
2) Black male with short hair, wearing an unknown color bandana.
3) White male with a thin build, wearing a bandana covering face and head.

The above incidents are being investigated as residential burglaries, robberies and assaults – which would be referred to as home invasions when occurring simultaneously.

Residents are asked to contact officers if they would like to have someone speak to their group and/or if they see unusual activities taking place in their neighborhoods.

Residents are also invited to attend the next Weed & Seed crime prevention meeting in the Pisgah View Apartment complex in West Asheville, scheduled for noon on Monday, Aug. 22. Call Weed & Seed Coordinator Rebecca Byrn for details at 828-552-1311.

APD Community Resource Officers
East and North Asheville:
CRO Brien Griffin                                                        828-552-1467
CRO Jeremy Woody                                                    828-552-9423

West Asheville:
CRO Josh Simpson                                                      828-251-4032
CRO Chad McCall                                                        828-251-4032

Central/South:
CRO Jackie Stepp                                                        828-337-7478
CRO Evan Coward                                                       828-777-4505

Anyone with information on the above cases is asked to call Asheville-Buncombe Crime Stoppers at 828-255-5050 or the APD at 828-252-1110.

The City of Asheville Seeks Proposals for Police Chief Recruitment

Monday, June 27th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The City of Asheville is issuing a request for proposals (RFP) for the recruitment and selection of the Asheville Police Chief.

“This national recruitment process will ensure that we build public input into our process and that we have a highly qualified, diverse applicant pool,” City Manager Gary Jackson said.

The recruitment and selection process will likely be complete by February 2012.  There will be extensive stakeholder input, including internal interviews, community focus groups and an e-mail address created specifically for receiving responses from the public on this important process.

Interested parties may obtain a complete copy of the Request for Proposals for Consultant Services at http://AshevilleNC.gov/RFP.

The RFP can also be obtained at the City Manager’s Office, located on the second floor of City Hall, from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The deadline for receiving proposals is 3 p.m., July 18.

For more information, contact Human Resources Director Kelley Dickens at (828) 259-5690 or [email protected].

Asheville Police Department Chief William Hogan Announces Retirement

Monday, April 18th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Chief William Hogan today announced his retirement from the Asheville police department, effective May 13.

Chief Hogan began his career in his hometown of Huntington, W. Va. where he spent 13 years with the police department.  He later served as police chief of both the Newark, Del. and Rocky Mount, N.C. police departments before being sworn in as Chief of the Asheville police department in June 2004.

“After 36 years in law enforcement, I am looking forward to retirement and a new chapter in my life.  I strongly value public service and I am grateful to have spent a career serving the law enforcement profession,” Chief Hogan shared.  “It has been an honor to serve with the professional and dedicated men and women of the Asheville police department.  I have the utmost confidence in the level of service they will continue to provide to the citizens of Asheville.”

During the seven years of Chief Hogan’s tenure with the city, APD continued to achieve the high standards of a national accredited agency and the city continued to enjoy lower crime rates than many cities of similar size.  He initiated and challenged department personnel to identify the department’s Guiding Principles as expected behaviors for all personnel.

While working with the men and women of the department, he acquired additional equipment for personnel to enhance officer safety and police efficiency (to include mobile data computers with on line reporting features and automatic vehicle locator systems) and developed an enhanced workload analysis to improve police coverage and response time throughout the city.

Under his tenure, a partnership with AB Tech established the Asheville Police Academy to provide Basic Law Enforcement Training and Advanced Training.  The Drug Suppression Unit, Computer Forensic/Child Sexual Predator Unit, the Gang Unit, and the Downtown Patrol Unit were all created within the last seven years.

City Manager Gary Jackson stated, “We wish Bill well in his retirement and appreciate his service to the city of Asheville.  An announcement about an interim police chief appointment will be made by the end of the month.  We will also develop a recruitment plan for a competitive search for a new police chief, including an opportunity for community input.”