Raleigh police chief finalist resigns as chief in Richmond, Va.

tmcdonald@newsobserver.comFebruary 12, 2013 

Bryan T. Norwood, one of three finalists for the Raleigh police chief job last month, resigned Tuesday morning as police chief in Richmond, Va.

Norwood’s abrupt resignation came amid criticism from prosecutors in Los Angeles that the Richmond department had done a poor job in overseeing the community service work of R&B singer Chris Brown following the Virginia-native’s conviction for assaulting his girlfriend, pop singer Rihanna, on the eve of the 2009 Grammy Awards.

Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones announced Norwood’s resignation Tuesday. Norwood will be replaced by Ray J. Tarasovic, a retired assistant police chief in Richmond, Jones said.

During a news conference, Jones declined to answer whether Norwood’s handling of Brown’s community service played a role in his decision to seek a new chief, saying only, “We’re waiting for the results of that investigation.” according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

“We’ve reached a mutual agreement that his time as Richmond police chief has come to an end,” Jones said in a news release. “We certainly wish Chief Norwood much luck in his endeavors going forward.”

It’s not clear why Norwood agreed to supervise Brown’s community service, but last week prosecutors in Los Angeles County, where Brown was convicted, argued in a court motion that the Richmond department’s accounting of his community service work was “at best sloppy” and “at worst fraudulent,” according to the Times-Dispatch.

Norwood visited Raleigh on Jan. 23 to speak at a public forum along with two other finalists for the city’s police chief position. The other finalists were Malik Aziz, the deputy chief of police in Dallas, Texas, and then-interim Raleigh police chief Cassandra Deck-Brown.

City Manager Russell Allen chose Deck-Brown to lead the department earlier this month. She is the first African-American woman to lead the Raleigh Police Department.

Allen said Tuesday that he had not heard the news of Norwood’s resignation.

“I haven’t had any real contact with him since the professional contact through the selection process,” Allen said. “There was no real contact before that or since then.”

McDonald: 919-829-4533

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