12/11 UPDATE: Richard W. “Rick” Myers has been selected as the new chief of police for Newport News. The City Manager's office says Myers will begin January 16, 2014 and get an annual salary of $154,000.
Chief Myers is owner/principal of RWM Limited, providing subject-matter expertise in training, consulting, and management studies for public and private sectors.
“The Newport News Police Department has long been recognized for its tradition of problem oriented policing and the caliber of the men and women who serve,” said Chief Myers. “It is my deep honor to have been offered the chance to lead this great organization. I look forward to learning the community as well as assimilating into the agency, and we will work tirelessly to ensure that the police and the community work collaboratively, as one."
Read more about Chief Myers here.
NEWPORT NEWS-People living in Newport News will hear from the five men who want to be the next police chief.
The city's been looking for a new chief since James Fox retired on September 1.
From noon to 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, they'll be at a public forum being held at the Marriott at 740 Town Center Drive.
Each candidate will have an hour to talk about their reasons for wanting the job and answer questions. After the forum, you can tell city officials what you thought of the finalists and who you'd choose.
Two of the candidates are in the force right now--Joseph Moore, who is the current interim chief, and Lorenzo Sheppard, the assistant chief of police. The three other finalists are Kenton Buckner, the assistant chief of police in Louisville, KY; Michael Ciminelli, deputy chief of police in Rochester, NY and Richard Myers, the retired chief from Colorado Springs, CO.
City Manager Jim Bourey said, "As we continue through the selection process, input from our citizens will be critically important to choosing our next Chief of Police.”
Here's the schedule:
12:00 p.m. – Kenton Buckner
1:00 p.m. – Michael Ciminelli
2:00 p.m. – Joseph Moore
3:00 p.m. – Richard Myers
4:00 p.m. – Lorenzo Sheppard
5:00 p.m. – Citizen feedback to City Manager Jim Bourey