Up & Coming Weekly

June 13, 2017

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12 UCW JUNE 14-20, 2017 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM City Manager Doug Hewett hopes to name Fayetteville's eighth Chief of Police at the Jan. 26 City Council meet- ing. Hewett whittled a field of more than 30 candidates to succeed retired Chief Harold Medlock to six and then to three finalists. ey are Interim Fayetteville Police Chief Anthony Kelly; Clayton County, Georgia Deputy Chief Gina Hawkins; and Greensboro Deputy Police Chief James Hinson Jr. "We have conducted a very thor- ough search process to identify the best person to be our next police chief in Fayetteville, and I believe the three finalists we have selected are all highly qualified and capable of leading our police department," Hewett said. Kelly, who has served as Fayette- ville's interim chief since October 2016, is a Fayetteville native. Former Chief Medlock appointed Kelly as Assistant Chief of Police. Kelly grew up off Strickland Bridge Road in 71st Township. He is a 22-year veteran of the department and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Fayetteville State University. He graduated from the West Point Leadership Program at Methodist University and the FBI National Academy. Hawkins supervises the Field Operations and Support Services Commands of the Clayton County, Georgia, Police Department. Hewett described her as a multifaceted criminal justice professional with 28 years of experience. Hawkins reports directly to the Police Chief and assists in planning, organizing, directing and overseeing all operations of the Police Department. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree at Georgia State University and a Master's Degree from Johns Hopkins University. She too is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Hinson serves as the Greensboro Police Department's Patrol Bureau Commander, having joined Greens- boro PD in 1991. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from North Carolina A&T University and a Master's from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He is a graduate of the Se- nior Management Institute for Police at Boston University. "ese candidates have been put through the wringer," said Hewett of the evaluation process. ey withstood numerous interviews plus a rigorous assessment center as recently as last month. e FPD's annual budget is $52 million in support of 433 sworn officers and approximately 180 civilian employees. It serves a city of 210,000 residents and a geographic area of 148 square miles, larger than the cities of Durham, Greensboro and Winston- Salem. Fayetteville is the sixth largest city in North Carolina. Hewett decided to launch a national search for a successor to Medlock three months ago, and retained a firm specializing in law enforcement career development in February. Fayetteville Selects Police Chief Finalists by JEFF THOMPSON Anthony Kelly NEWS James Hinson Jr. Gina Hawkins A well-known direct to consumer fulfillment center is considering the Fayetteville community as a possible location for a large fulfillment distribution center. This company has the potential to hire hundreds of full-time and permanent part-time workers offering competitive wages with aspirations of being the areas "employer of choice" if they locate in the Fayetteville/Cumberland County community. The Retailer Evaluating Workforce in Greater Fayetteville Area for Distribution Center Community is asking for potential workers input. Complete the "Interest Survey" before 5:00 p.m. June 21. by going to www.Fayettevilleworks.com and be eligible to win one of 5 FREE $100 Gift Cards* For More Information contact: FCEDC at 910-678-7651 *Active Duty Personnel are not eligible for drawing Win $100! Wants Your Input! Fayetteville Cumberland Economic Development Corporation

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