Chief looks for chief of staff

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe is looking for a chief of staff – someone to provide him day-to-day support and oversee everything from media relations, the police attorney, internal affairs and human resources.

Fifteen people have applied for the new position that was posted on the city's Web site Friday and will be open for applications through Thursday.

The short time period is not uncommon for a job expected to draw a quality applicant pool, said Tim Mayes, the city's human resources director.

Citing personnel laws, he declined Monday to name the applicants or confirm whether Ray Tarasovic, a former assistant chief in Richmond, Va., is one of them.

Tarasovic, 60, is a Pittsburgh native who spent 24 years with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, where he worked under Monroe for a time when Monroe was in charge of the emergency response unit.

He was working as a security consultant in Washington when Monroe recruited him in 2005 to be his second-in-command in Richmond.

In May, Monroe told the Observer that Tarasovic, who has since retired from the Richmond department, could come to Charlotte.

But he has since declined to say whether that is still possible.

And he could not be reached for comment Monday.

Monroe, who arrived in Charlotte in June, last month announced a sweeping reorganization of CMPD. The changes, effective last week, involve disbanding some specialty units, putting more officers on neighborhood beats and getting rid of the department's public information director.

The changes here are similar to those Monroe made after being named chief in Macon, Ga., where he reassigned veterans and dismantled specialty squads to put more officers on the street.

When he went to Richmond, Monroe took his grants administrator and finance director and factored their positions into a similar reorganization.

The ad for the new position in Charlotte says the chief of staff will help coordinate operational responsibilities of the department's four deputy chiefs, at least one of whom is eligible for retirement this fall.

The salary is negotiable, according to the site.