City of Memphis releases list of finalists for new police director

City of Memphis names finalists for MPD director

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The City of Memphis released a list of finalists to succeed Mike Rallings as director of the Memphis Police Department.

Rallings is set to retire April 14.

The city leaned on the International Association of Chiefs of Police to find candidates. Interviews will occur in the coming weeks, and a decision is expected next month.

See the list of finalists below:

Joel Fitzgerald

Chief Joel Fitzgerald has served in various ranks with the Philadelphia Police Department and was selected as Chief of Police in Missouri City, TX. He then became Chief of Police in Allentown, PA, and for four years served as Chief of Police in Fort Worth, TX. In 2020, he joined the City of Philadelphia Sheriff’s Office as Chief Deputy and is now Chief of Police in Waterloo, IA.

Chief Joel Fitzgerald is one of seven finalists for the next director of the Memphis Police Department.
Chief Joel Fitzgerald is one of seven finalists for the next director of the Memphis Police Department. (Source: City of Memphis)

Sharonda Hampton

Deputy Chief Hampton has over 34 years of service with the Memphis Police Department, rising through the ranks from a Police Service Technician to the Deputy Chief of Administrative Services. She has experienced a diverse and extensive career that includes Patrol and Investigative Services.

Deputy Chief Sharonda Hampton is one of seven finalists for the next director of the Memphis Police Department.
Deputy Chief Sharonda Hampton is one of seven finalists for the next director of the Memphis Police Department. (Source: City of Memphis)

Samuel Hines

Deputy Chief Hines has close to 30 years of service with the Memphis Police Department. He has worked in the Organized Crime Unit, Memphis Police Academy, TACT Unit, Dignitary Protection Team, and Traffic Special Operations. He currently serves as Deputy Chief of Uniform Patrol District One.

Deputy Chief Samuel Hines is one of seven finalists for the next director of the Memphis Police Department.
Deputy Chief Samuel Hines is one of seven finalists for the next director of the Memphis Police Department. (Source: City of Memphis)

Anne Kirkpatrick

Anne Kirkpatrick has 38 years in policing and has been with eight agencies, four as a Chief of Police. She is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the FBI’s National Executive Institute.

Anne Kirkpatrick is one of seven finalists for the next director of the Memphis Police Department.
Anne Kirkpatrick is one of seven finalists for the next director of the Memphis Police Department. (Source: City of Memphis)

Michael Shearin

Deputy Chief Michael Shearin has over 25 years of service with the Memphis Police Department. Deputy Chief Shearin has worked in the Memphis Police Department Training Academy, Organized Crime Unit, Robbery Bureau, General Investigative Bureau. He currently serves as the Deputy Chief of Investigative Services.

Deputy Chief Michael Shearin is one of seven finalists for the next director of the Memphis Police Department.
Deputy Chief Michael Shearin is one of seven finalists for the next director of the Memphis Police Department. (Source: City of Memphis)

Joseph P. Sullivan

Deputy Commissioner Sullivan is a temporarily retired, 38-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department. As the Chief of Training, he served as a member of the Pennsylvania Police Training and Education Commission, and in 2017, he was appointed to the rank of Deputy Commissioner.

Deputy Commissioner Joseph Sullivan is one of seven finalists for the next director of the Memphis Police Department.
Deputy Commissioner Joseph Sullivan is one of seven finalists for the next director of the Memphis Police Department. (Source: City of Memphis)

Perry A. Tarrant

Chief Perry Tarranthas has 34 years of law enforcement experience and is a retired captain with the Tucson Police Department and a past assistant chief of the Seattle Police Department. He is also past national president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.

Chief Perry Tarrant is one of seven finalists for the next director of the Memphis Police Department.
Chief Perry Tarrant is one of seven finalists for the next director of the Memphis Police Department. (Source: City of Memphis)

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