Rallings intends to apply for police chief position - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Rallings intends to apply for police chief position

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Although Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said he is encouraging Interim Police Director Mike Rallings to throw his name in the hat for the permanent Director position, a spokesperson for the city made it clear the mayor is not offering the position to Rallings.

Strickland said Rallings is a good candidate for the position, but is not a favorite for the position and has not been offered the position.

The city hired a national search firm to help find the next police director to replace former director Toney Armstrong. Armstrong stepped down earlier this year after taking a position as Director of Security for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Rallings previously put himself in the DROP program, which allows police to retire early to help the city save money. 

It's unclear how that would affect things if Rallings is offered, and accepts, the police director position, since that is a Human Resources issue, and the city would not answer questions directed at how that would come into play.

"I aware that the job opening has been posted. At this time, I have every intention of applying for the position," Rallings said in a statement from MPD.

Last week, Strickland said he plans to have a new police director chosen by late July or August.

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