MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The search for the next top cop of Memphis has narrowed to six candidates. Now, the Mid-South is getting a look at the individuals who are vying for the spot to lead the Memphis Police Department.
Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland released the list of recommended candidates Friday. But now, more information is being released about each candidate.
The list was taken from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, which was the search firm hired by the city to conduct a nationwide search for the top candidates for the position.
Many Memphians want Rallings to take over the job after seeing the work he and his department did to deescalate the protest that shut down Interstate 40 for several hours.
Rallings said he declined to apply for the job several times, but after some soul searching and continued requests from Strickland to apply, Rallings agreed. He has since told WMC Action News 5 he would accept the job if offered.
Mayor Strickland's Office released the following details about each candidate on Friday:
- Malik Aziz, deputy chief, Dallas Police Department. Aziz is the national chairman of the National Black Police Association. In April, he was a top 10 finalist for the job of police chief in Phoenix, Arizona.
- Dr. Branville Bard, chief of police and director of public safety, Philadelphia Housing Authority; former police inspector (lieutenant colonel), education and advanced training division of the Philadelphia Police Department. He was a part of the PPD for 21 years. Bard has a Ph.D in public administration.
- Richard Bash, deputy chief of police, Columbus (Ohio) Division of Police. In 2012, he was a candidate for chief of police in Columbus.
- Patrick Melvin, former chief of police, Salt River (Arizona) Police Department; chief of police/assistant city manager, Maricopa; commander in Phoenix Police Department. Melvin was placed on administrative leave in April and he resigned in May, but it is unclear why. Before he resigned, Melvin was on a list for the top cop job in Phoenix.
- Michael Rallings, interim director, Memphis Police Department. He was named interim director after MPD Director Toney Armstrong took a job at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital back in February. Rallings has served on the force for 25 years.
- Joseph Sullivan, chief inspector/commanding officer, Philadelphia Police Department. In 2012, Sullivan was a candidate for Philly's top cop position.
You can view each one of their resumes, bios, and video clips by clicking here.
Memphis Police Association president Mike Williams released a written statement about the list of candidates.