DETROIT (WWJ) – The Detroit Board of Police Commissioners on Tuesday got the green light to officially begin the search for a new Detroit Police Chief. Board Chairman Jerome Warfield said the position would be posted immediately.
Warfield said, as soon as Police Chief Ralph Godbee Jr. resigned last year, there was a lot of buzz about the vacancy.
“Certainly we have had inquiries from a number of people across the country who are interested in serving as the next Chief of Police for the city of Detroit,” Warfield said. “So, we are in the process now of vetting all of those names; vetting all of that paperwork in order that we may boil it down to bring certain candidates in to interview them.”
Warfield declined to talk specifically about who might be up for the job of top cop, adding that he hasn’t seen a complete list.
He did say: “We have some very good candidate in the pool,” he added. “I do know there are some popular names out there — locally and nationally. So I think the citizens of Detroit are going to be pleasantly pleased and surprised about the level of talent that is interested in coming to the city.”
Warfield said they’re officially accepting resumes and he hopes to see interviews underway no later than this Wednesday.
The agency conducting those interviews will continue, he said, until a good candidate is found.
Godbee left his post abruptly early last October amid a sex scandal involving an alleged affair with an internal affairs officer. Assistant Chief Chester Logan has since taken over as interim chief.
The new chief is expected to be paid an annual salary of $85,700 to $140,500.