Durham residents give input on new police chief

— Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez will retire in less than three weeks, and the city began getting feedback from the community about his replacement Monday evening.

People who live in Durham were invited to give input to the agency that will help the city find a new chief during the first phase of a national search that will also involve feedback from the police department and city leaders.

A second meeting will be held in Spanish on Tuesday night to encourage input from all parts of the Durham community.

According to the city manager, the recruitment process is expected to take about four months. Deputy Chief Larry Smith, a 27-year veteran of the Durham Police Department, will serve as interim police chief beginning Jan. 1.

The community has had mixed reactions to Lopez’s departure since he announced his retirement in September.

,Durham Police Chief Jose Lopez will retire in less than three weeks, and the city began getting feedback from the community about his replacement Monday evening.

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