From NBC12 News
Richmond Mayor Doug Wilder is expected to comment today on the decision of city police Chief Rodney Monroe to accept a higher-paying job in Charlotte, N.C.
Monroe, 51, is credited with reducing homicide in the capital city to its lowest in 25 years. He announced his decision yesterday.
The new position in Charlotte will reportedly pay him $182,000 - $17,000 more than his job in Richmond.
Monroe beat out 47 candidates who applied to lead the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.
He will head to Charlotte Monday to be introduced as its new chief.
Charlotte City Manager Curt Walton called Monroe an "ideal police chief'' in explaining the city's decision to hire him. Monroe said the decision to leave Richmond was the toughest he's ever made, but that he is at peace with his choice.
When Mayor Wilder hired Monroe in 2004, he didn't make the decision alone. Instead, he appointed a panel to help screen candidates. While the decision ultimately lies with the mayor, others are hopeful that Wilder will follow the same process and include Richmond residents in choosing the new police chief.
"I think this is an administrative task, and I hope that the mayor would put a community together as he did last time to make sure we can get the best, most qualified candidate that the city of Richmond can have," said Richmond Councilwoman Kathy Graziano
Wilder yesterday released a statement saying only that he had received news of Monroe's decision. He released a brief statement saying that he would have further comment today.