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The City of Rocky Mount has posted an ad seeking applicants for the job of police chief.

The City of Rocky Mount has posted an advertisement specifying what the municipality is seeking in a future top cop.

The ad is online because Chief George Robinson will be retiring effective at the start of December.

Robinson presently is being paid $140,000 a year. The ad said the salary for the future chief could be anywhere between $108,253 and $162,380.

According to the ad, the future chief will lead a department comprised of about 165 sworn and 41 non-sworn employees and manage a yearly budget of roughly $16.9 million.

Additionally, the ad said that due to retirements, there will be increasing opportunities for promotions and building a new command staff.

The ad also makes clear the crucial challenges that the future chief will be faced with include violent crime due to activity by gangs, a high volume of calls to the operators and challenges in recruiting personnel.

At the same time, the ad emphasized that the future chief will face these challenges with the resources of City Manager Rochelle Small-Toney, the City Council and the community.

The ad also said the future chief must play a vital role in working across the community to engage in problem solving, collaboration and creating partnerships.

The ad includes outlining the qualifications the city is seeking from applicants. They include having, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree or knowledge or a competency level commonly associated with completing a baccalaureate degree in a related field.

The ad also said an appropriate advanced degree is highly preferred, along with executive training in law enforcement, with one example including training by the FBI National Academy at Quantico, Va.

The ad also said there is a preference for candidates with at least 15 years of experience in law enforcement and five to seven years of cross-functional and progressively responsible experience, including at an administrative and command level.

The ad said that although state law neither recognizes nor has a mutual relationship with law enforcement certification at the federal level, state law does recognize and give partial credit for having served as a military police officer.

The ad goes on to provide a long list of job requirements and knowledge, skills and abilities requirements and to provide a description of the Rocky Mount area.

The ad is set to expire at 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 8 and is posted on the city’s website.

The police chief reports to Small-Toney, who is the municipal government’s chief day-to-day operations executive. The city has a council-manager form of government, with the council comprised of seven members.

The city administration, in a news release on Oct. 7, announced Robinson, 50, would be bidding farewell.

Robinson was named chief in March 2019 by Small-Toney after Robinson had been serving as interim chief since January of that same year.

Prior to being named interim chief, Robinson had been a captain in the police department’s criminal investigation division.

Robinson began his career in 1992 with the Rocky Mount police force as an officer and was promoted to corporal in 2000, sergeant in 2003, lieutenant in 2010 and captain in 2015.

Robinson became interim chief following the departure of interim Chief Willie Williams, who had been serving because James Moore in 2017 announced his retirement as chief.

Moore’s departure in particular came after the Telegram had reported that the police department, under Moore’s leadership, appeared to have in place a quite unusual method of classifying crimes.

That method in turn seemed to result in downplaying the nature of certain criminal activity in Rocky Mount.

The Telegram, after reviewing numerous police incident reports, found that instances of shots fired into residences with people in them had been classified as misdemeanor property damage, instead of felony shooting into an occupied dwelling.

Moore had been chief since 2012.