- Associated Press - Saturday, May 27, 2017

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - The NAACP will assemble a panel to work with Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke in selecting the city’s next chief of police.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press (https://bit.ly/2qZCnwg ), Berke spokeswoman Marissa Bell says the NAACP committee will help inform the selection questions and scoring in candidate selection.

Bell says Berke will also meet with the NAACP group to get feedback on the top candidates.

After the mayor’s six-person search committee was formed, Chattanooga NAACP President Elenora Woods told the city council that more should be done to represent all Chattanoogans, and specifically the black community.

Woods said everyone is happy with the compromise.

Police Chief Fred Fletcher’s contract ends July 6. He cited personal reasons on April 7 for his retirement. He arrived three years before from Austin, Texas.


Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, https://www.timesfreepress.com

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