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City Manager Debra Campbell names Chris Bailey as Asheville’s next Police Chief

  After a national search informed by robust input from our local community, City Manager Debra Campbell is excited to announce that Chris Bailey will become Asheville’s next Police Chief.   Bailey comes to the City of Asheville from the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, where he most recently served as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Investigations Division. The [...]

One-stop portal: Press releases, graphics and documents related to APD excessive use of force investigation in one place

The City of Asheville has gathered all press releases, graphics and documents related to a former Asheville Police officer excessive use of force investigation into this portal on the City of Asheville website. The information relates to an use of excessive force against Johnnie Jermaine Rush by former Officer Christopher Hickman in August 2017. See the links [...]

Asheville City Council votes to support City Manager’s release of personnel information related to APD investigation

Asheville City Council held a special called meeting March 5, 2018, in which the Council went into closed session to consult with the City Attorney about the Aug. 24, 2017, use of force incident involving former Asheville Police Senior Officer Chris Hickman.   This incident follows the March 1, 2018, media release of body-worn video footage of [...]

Q&A: Asheville Police body-worn camera, use of force policies

The City of Asheville, including the Asheville Police Department, is committed to being as transparent as possible within the law. The following questions are questions City Council and staff have heard throughout the community. Staff will continue to collect common questions through the comments shared on the Community Engagement Hotline, 828-259-5900, and comments to be shared [...]

Asheville Parks & Recreation to hold hiring fair for seasonal openings

Looking for a fun summer job? The City of Asheville is holding a second Hiring Fair for positions within the Parks and Recreation Department from 3 to 7 p.m. April 18.  Come to Stephens-Lee Recreation Center, 30 George Washington Carver Ave,  to learn about these positions and how to apply. Openings Include: Summer Playground Leaders (minimum age [...]

Now hiring: Director of Development Services. Apply by March 24.

The City of Asheville is looking for a talented, experienced and innovative professional driven toward customer service excellence with the knowledge and ability to effectively lead the evolution of the department and its services. The ideal candidate will be a seasoned professional with strategic, community-oriented leadership ability and proven management skills; with the ability to [...]

City of Asheville to hold hiring fair; dozens of jobs available

  The City of Asheville will hold a hiring fair for an estimated 60 positions from 2 to 7 p.m. Jan. 11. Come to the U.S. Cellular Center, 87 Haywood St., to learn about these positions and how to apply. The openings are primarily for jobs at the U.S. Cellular Center and Public Works Department. Openings include: U.S. [...]

Asheville named one of 50 Invest Health cities by Reinvestment Fund and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The City of Asheville has been selected by Reinvestment Fund and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to take part in the new Invest Health initiative. The innovative, national program brings together diverse leaders from mid-sized U.S. cities and aims to improve health in low-income neighborhoods. It will be implemented in 50 cities across the nation. “Invest [...]

City of Asheville employees selected for Leadership Asheville

The City of Asheville is pleased to announce that Deputy Finance Director Eric Hardy and Asheville Fire Department Public Information Officer Kelley Klope have both been selected to attend the 32nd Leadership Asheville Class beginning in September. Leadership Asheville, operated through UNC Asheville is an important resource to the community, with participants honing leadership [...]

Workplace diversity conference stirs discussions on inclusion

The City of Asheville was proud to participate with Buncombe County and UNC Asheville to present the “Realizing the Benefits of Inclusion and Diversity” conference held April 25 in conjunction with the YWCA Stand Against Racism. The conference focused on the challenges and opportunities for expanding diversity in the workplace and in management roles [...]

Me2We conference brings teens together with Asheville’s civil rights pioneers

In 1961, as a civil rights movement swelled nationally, a group of high school students calling themselves the Asheville Student Commission on Racial Equality (ASCORE) set out on a campaign to peacefully desegregate Asheville’s lunch counters, libraries, pools and parks. Though the teens were the public face of Asheville’s own civil rights victories, they were [...]

CAYLA program continues to foster student success

ASHEVILLE – The City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy (CAYLA) fosters success stories for students year after year. From 2008-2011, the total scholarship money awarded to CAYLA students was more than $400,000. In addition, 100 percent of CAYLA students in 2008-2010, as well as the 2011 graduating class have been accepted to college. The below vignettes focus [...]

City of Asheville Human Resources Analyst Carol Nguyen recognized in Verve Magazine’s “30 Under Thirty.”

The latest issue of Verve Magazine included City of Asheville Human Resources employee Carol Nguyen in its profile of 30 women under 30 who make positive strides in their fields. The profile cites Nguyen’s work on technological steps the department is taking to more efficiently track information and move into paperless record keeping. Click here for the [...]