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Reidsville Hires New Police Chief
A law enforcement professional with more than 26 years of on-the-job experience is the City of Reidsville’s new Police Chief.
Charlie Dennis’ last assignment before coming to Reidsville was four years as Chief of Police for the Page Police Department in Page, Arizona, where he was a consensus builder who was adept at implementing new programs and technology, focused on open communication and transparency with citizens and improved the operational efficiency of his department.
“I believe that we have found in Charlie a Police Chief that not only has the professional qualifications, but the personal attributes, demeanor, and interests that will make him an excellent fit for this very important position in Reidsville,” said Michael J. Pearce, Reidsville City Manager.
Dennis’ selection came after a rigorous assessment center done by the City.
“The assessment center that we developed was very important in helping me sort through 66 applications from all across the United States,” Pearce said. “In the end, we had 21 candidates from North Carolina and 45 from 23 other states and the District of Columbia. Only eight did not meet the minimum requirements of the job, and 15 were chosen as semifinalists because of their professional experience and training. Those 15 had telephone interviews and were tested for various personality traits. Of those 15, seven were picked to attend a two-day assessment center in which 11 volunteers that were either police chiefs, human resource or city management professionals from communities across North Carolina graded how the candidates did on written and oral exercises.
“Two of the candidates dropped out prior to the assessment center and of the final five, Charlie was clearly the best candidate for the job. While all of this work doesn’t guarantee that anyone will be successful, I felt that the job of Police Chief was important enough to devote as much attention as we could to best assure us that the new chief would be a good fit in Reidsville,” Pearce said. “After everything I have seen during these last three months, I feel very confident that Mr. Dennis will be a great Police Chief in Reidsville for a long time.”
Dennis said he is excited to become Reidsville’s next Chief of Police.
“I look forward to getting to know the officers and staff at the Reidsville Police Department and the members of my new community and continuing to build upon the solid foundation that has been established by Chief Hunt to demonstrate our commitment to excellence through continual improvement in providing quality police services,” Dennis said. He added, “I want to ensure that our department is reflective of the community we serve. The way to do that is for me to get to know Reidsville residents by talking to them to learn what is important to them and strengthening and developing new partnerships within our community. I am also looking forward to working with other City departments to provide services that will enhance the quality of life for all members of our community and continue to make Reidsville a great place to live, work, and play.”
In Page, Dennis led a 36-member agency and administered a $3.2 million budget under a City Council/Manager form of government. While there, he implemented a new CAD-RMS system, updated evidence room policies, procedures and standards to bring them up to national standards and implemented several programs, among them a Neighborhood Watch/Business Watch program and Law Enforcement Against Drugs (LEADS). Dennis lost his job in April of this year when the Page City Council, facing a $2.4 million shortfall in its 2012-2013 budget, opted to eliminate seven of its department head level positions as well as two other high ranking positions.
Dennis has been praised for using a collaborative approach not only with his staff, allowing them to participate with ideas and strategies, but also with other departments, community members and surrounding law enforcement agencies. In addition to strong communication skills and a record of integrity, consistency and fairness, he has been skilled at managing change while looking to the future. Previous employers have described him as innovative, proactive, flexible and creative and a person not afraid to consider new technology, equipment and practices.
Prior to becoming Police Chief in Page, Dennis worked as Undersheriff for the Bonner County Sheriff’s Department in Sandpoint, Idaho from 2004-2008 after serving as Chief Deputy in the Boundary County Sheriff’s Department in Bonners Ferry, Idaho, from 2001-2005. He began his law enforcement career in 1984 with the Garland Police Department in Texas.
Dennis has a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from California Coast University and has graduated from the FBI National Academy and the FBI Command College. He has been a member of the Arizona Chiefs of Police Association, the Arizona Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates and the International Association Chiefs of Police.
Dennis will be sworn in as Reidsville’s new Chief at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 31, at the Reidsville Police Department.