Randy Hampton, acting police chief in Dallas, has been scratched from the lists of finalists for th permanent job. The Dallas Morning News said Hampton lost out even though under his tenure, crime rates are down, no police scandals are erupting, and some officers say that morale has risen since City Manager Ted Benavides fired Chief Terrell Bolton last August.
No Dallas officer made the cut for finalists to run the department. Mr. Benavides says he will make his decision by next month. The six finalists are Louie Caudell, former Little Rock, Ark., police chief; Louis Cobarruviaz, former chief in San Jose, Calif.; Arlington Deputy City Manager David Kunkle; Chief Bernard Melekian of Pasadena, Calif.; Assistant Chief Kevin Robinson from Phoenix; and Chief Norman Williams of Wichita, Kan.
A police organization is questioning the wisdom of not naming the acting chief a finalist. “That tells me you have a man running your department you didn’t have full faith and trust in,” said Malik Aziz, president of the Texas Peace Officers Association.