North Carolina, Raleigh- The City of Raleigh today released the names of the top three finalists for the position of Chief of Police.
The list was published the day before a virtual forum, to be held tomorrow Thursday night, during which the public can hear from the three candidates who want to succeed outgoing police chief Cassandra Deck-Brown.
Retiro de Cassandra Deck-Brown
Deck-Brown announced his retirement in December 2020, amid growing criticism of systemic violence by security forces.
Also, in April, Raleigh city leaders announced the opening of an online survey to hear community input on the characteristics of the next police chief.
According to Raleigh city officials, thirty-one people applied to lead the department of more than 900 employees.
The following are the finalists:
Rob D. Lowe
Current job: Deputy Superintendent of the Cambridge (Massachusetts) Police Department
Lowe has 20 years of law enforcement experience as an active member of the Cambridge, Massachusetts Police Department.
Currently, he oversees a team of sworn officers and professional staff who provide services to vulnerable populations.
He is commanding officer of the Social and Family Justice Section, which includes the Family Justice Unit, the Clinical Support Unit, and the Focus Deterrence Unit.
Current job: Maryland Police Chief-National Capital Park Police – Montgomery County Division.
McSwain was appointed to his current position in 2018 and is in charge of a police department that oversees the Montgomery County park system.
Prior to this appointment, McSwain had a 30-year career with the Montgomery County Police Department, where he headed the Office of Field Services, before retiring as Deputy Chief.
Estella D. Patterson
Current job: Deputy Director of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD).
He currently oversees the Patrol Services Group.
Additionally, Patterson has been a member of CMPD since 1996, serving in various roles, including patrol officer, instructor, division commander, recruiting director, and Internal Affairs commander.
The Live Virtual Candidate Forum is scheduled for June 10 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
The meeting will be broadcast on the YouTube channel of the city of Raleigh, raleighnc.gov and RTN TV11.
Recognizing the importance of the position and its influence in the community, the City held eight focus group meetings.
In addition, a 10-question community survey was conducted in English and Spanish to learn more about the qualities, characteristics, and experience that the community wants in its next police chief and necessary areas of attention, focus, and prioritization.
During the survey period, 3,414 responses were received.