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Wayne Scott and Danielle Outlaw

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The search for Greensboro’s new police chief has been narrowed to two finalists.

Danielle Outlaw, a deputy chief for the City of Oakland, Calif., and Wayne Scott, a deputy chief in the Greensboro Police Department, are the finalists after a comprehensive assessment and interview process.

“In November we established a plan to find somebody who could continue the good work and strengthening of our police department,” said City Manager Jim Westmoreland who, with the help of Assistant City Manager Wesley Reid and Human Resources Director Connie Hammond, has been overseeing the interview process. “Greensboro is experiencing its lowest crime rate since the 1970s and we wanted to find somebody who could build upon the effective policing strategies and plans that have led us to where we are today. The hiring of our police chief is extremely important and we created a comprehensive process to ensure we narrowed the field to only the most qualified candidates for the job.”

Outlaw has worked for the Oakland Police Department since 1997 and is just the second female deputy chief in the history of the department. Scott has worked for the City of Greensboro Police Department since 1991 and has served as deputy chief since 2012. Both candidates have backgrounds working in patrol and community resources within of their respective departments.

The city’s search for a replacement for previous chief Ken Miller started in November shortly after Miller left to take the chief’s post in Greenville, S.C. Through the help of a national search firm, the process included a 30-day national advertising period that yielded 44 candidates for the position. Of those, 15 were selected for phone screenings with the top seven identified to go through an assessment center process. That portion of the process tested the candidate’s policing, leadership and community interaction skills. Candidates were assessed by police chiefs from across the state along with members of community, faith and business organizations in Greensboro that have high interactions with the chief’s position.

The most recent and final portion of the process included the two finalists meeting with GPD officers and command team groups, a second group of community, faith and business leaders, and one-on-one interviews with the city manager.

“We are fortunate to have two exceptional candidates,” said Westmoreland. “They’re both deputy chiefs with experience managing day-to-day operations of major patrol bureaus and who have been active in their communities. The decision of who becomes our next chief will be based on who has the ability to best deliver the important policing services the residents of Greensboro rely on to keep them safe while also advancing our neighborhood oriented policing and body-worn camera strategies and continuing to strengthen our relationships with all members of our community.”

Greensboro’s next police chief is expected to be announced later this week.

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