Even though Richmond Police Chief Bryan Norwood did not get the job to lead the Raleigh Police Department, sources tell NBC12, his days in this city are numbered.
Now, many are wondering what that means for the future of the Richmond Police Department.
We were with Mayor Dwight Jones when the news about Raleigh broke Thursday morning. Only our cameras were rolling on his reaction.
The mayor chuckled and then gave something more revealing.
"No, I don't have any comment," he told us. "I have said consistently, in my second term, there are going to be some tweaks in personnel, and we'll make those available to you in the very near future."
The mayor wouldn't say any more about the historic tension between him and Police Chief Bryan Norwood or Norwood's future in Richmond. Commonwealth's Attorney Mike Herring, who works closely with both men, explains the comment says enough.
"I think that comment signals that his departure is imminent," Herring said.
At this point, we don't know what imminent is. Sources inside city hall tell NBC12 no personnel news regarding the chief will be coming from there in the next two days. No papers have been drawn up.
All day long, we've talked to city council members, city hall insiders and sources within the police department, who say the uncertainty is pervasive.
"Something that's normally confidential for a variety of reasons was very public and I think the point of that is to force the hand, to force the issue," Herring added.
This strain between Jones and Norwood is nothing new. Norwood was appointed by then-Mayor Doug Wilder just months before Jones took office.
Sources also explain the questions weigh on the minds of the officers. There has been talk among them about the chief leaving, but no word at all from any of the higher-ups.
The only comment Norwood would offer Thursday is on the person who actually did get the Raleigh job.
"Cassandra Deck-Brown is an excellent choice to be the next chief of police for the City of Raleigh," he said. "I wish her all the best as she leads that impressive agency into the future."
Two sentences; no answers.
While the uncertainty at headquarters and in the precincts throughout the city may be palpable, Herring believes on the streets, it should be business as usual.
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