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Detroit's Interim Chief Named City's Permanent Top Cop

Detroit's Interim Chief Named City's Permanent Top Cop

Detroit Police Department Assistant Chief Ralph Godbee talks about the accidental shooting of a 7-year-old during a press conference at Police Headquarters in, Sunday, May 16, 2010 in Detroit. [AP]

Detroit Free Press via YellowBrix

September 21, 2010

DETROIT – Detroit Mayor Dave Bing has named interim Police Chief Ralph Godbee the city’s permanent top cop.

“Chief Godbee has demonstrated that he can deliver the results this administration expects and our residents deserve,” Detroit Mayor Dave Bing said in a statement released by his office this morning. “Nothing is more important than making Detroit a safe city. Chief Godbee’s data-driven approach and commitment to our community is exactly what we need to continue fighting crime in our neighborhoods.”

Godbee, 42, joined the Detroit Police Department in 1987. He became a member of then-Chief William Hart’s staff division in 1988; led department recruiting in 1999; and was named assistant chief in 2007. He also served on former Mayor Dennis Archer’s Executive Protection Unit.

Bing named Godbee interim chief in July after the mayor asked former Chief Warren Evans to resign. Bing said Evans’ ouster came in part because Evans had marketed himself in a teaser for a reality program tentatively titled “The Chief” that had been shopped around for TV. Bing also said Evans’ relationship with a subordinate, Lt. Monique Patterson, caused Evans to make decisions that compromised his ability to lead the department.

Bing pledged to conduct a national search for a new chief, but said he wanted to give Godbee an opportunity to prove he was right for the job permanently.

But two weeks after Godbee was named interim chief more scandal erupted. Patterson released text messages sent from Godbee that showed the two had been involved in a romantic relationship. The goal was to expose the texts in the hopes of getting Evans his job back, or at the very least, a job with the city..

Bing’s office released information about the text messages instead of waiting for them to be discovered. The mayor said he had no desire to rehire Evans in any capacity.

“Ralph Godbee has proven that he is the right man to lead the Detroit Police Department,” Deputy Mayor Saul Green said in the release. “We received a number of quality candidates, but believe Chief Godbee is the person to lead DPD in our efforts to improve public safety.”

Godbee is a lifelong Detroiter. He graduated from Cass Technical High School in 1986. He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Siena Heights University.

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