The city of Winston-Salem is seeking public input for its next police chief.

In a press release sent out on Monday, the city stated that it would be holding two public forums this month to allow the public to give input on who the next head of the police department should be.

The meetings will take place as follows:

  • Thursday, Jan. 19 at 6 p.m. at St. John CME Church, 350 NW Crawford Place
  • Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. at the Salem Lake Marina at 815 Salem Lake Road
Former WSPD Chief Catrina Thompson

The city’s last police chief, Catrina Thompson, left the department in December 2022 after President Biden picked her to be a US Marshal for North Carolina’s Middle District last August. Michael Cardwell has been serving as interim police chief since Thompson’s departure.

The search for a new police chief for Winston-Salem comes on the heels of Greensboro hiring their new police chief, John Thompson, just last month.

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