Winston-Salem hires a Charlotte firm to lead the nationwide search for the next police chief.

The City of Winston-Salem has hired Raftelis Financial Consultants Inc. of Charlotte to conduct a nationwide search for the next Winston-Salem police chief.

Police Chief Catrina Thompson announced in late July that she would retire in December.


President Joe Biden has nominated Thompson as U.S. Marshal for the North Carolina Intermediate District.

Raftelis has conducted more than 120 executive searches for local governments across the United States, including seven for police chiefs, the city said in a statement Friday.

The company will begin work immediately with the goal of helping the city recruit three finalists by December, the city said.

Company officials will work with Patrice Toney, the city’s deputy director for public safety, to develop a candidate profile, the city said.

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This process will include gathering input from Thompson, City Manager Lee Garrity, Mayor Allen Joines and Winston-Salem City Council members, police employees and city residents, the city said.

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Once the candidate profile is complete, the company will post job openings to national, state and regional professional organizations, including the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Police Executive Research Forum and the National Association of Black Law. Enforcement Executives.

Jobs will also be advertised to the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association, the NC Association of Chiefs of Police and other organizations, the city said.

The three finalists for the position of police chief will be invited to Winston-Salem for interviews, tours, meetings with Joines and council members as well as forums with townspeople and police officers, the city said. town.

The city will host the forum for city residents later this year.

Thompson, 54, was named the city’s police chief in 2017.

Thompson leads a police department with a 2022-23 budget of $87.19 million.

Thompson’s annual salary is $197,958.

There are 526 sworn police officers in the department and 172 civilian employees, Toney said. The department is short of about 100 sworn officers.

Thompson began his career as a municipal police officer in 1994 and rose through the ranks to become Deputy Chief of Police under Chief Barry Rountree in 2016.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Thompson replaced Rountree when he retired on September 1, 2017.

Thompson earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Wayne State University in Detroit and a master’s degree in public administration from Appalachian State University.

Thompson is also a graduate of the UNC School of Government’s Public Executive Leadership Academy, Methodist University’s West Point Leadership Program, the FBI Law Enforcement Executive Leadership Association Program, and Leadership Winston-Salem.

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Brandon D. James