Dothan Continues to Search for New Police Chief Amid Controversy

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

The city of Dothan continues it's search for a new chief of police.

City manager Mike West says he received about 70 applications for the job.

He's narrowed the field down to about a dozen candidates.

He expects to recommend his choice for chief by the end of the month.

But Tuesday at the Dothan city commission meeting, one candidate believes he may have been passed over for the job because he's African-American.

Lieutenant Keith Gray has been with the Dothan Police Department for the past 24 years.

He says he meets all the qualifications for police chief according to the job description provided by the city.

He claims after he submitted his application, the city changed their qualifications; a practice Gray deems unfair.

“I'd rather be told that I am not wanted in the position as police chief when I am eligible, instead of insulting my intelligence by changing the policy and then telling me that I am not qualified,” said Gray.

City officials say the job description was never changed but Dothan’s personnel director says his office is investigating Lieutenant Gray's claims.


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  • by Steven Location: Dothan on Dec 9, 2009 at 06:10 PM
    Lt. Gray, You said on December 1 that you would be glad to provide the media with a copy of both job descriptions but it is now December 9th and no news of the job descriptions. Hmmmmmm? Is the media not making public the job descriptions because YOUR BLACK? Come on Gray...... How long are you gonna try to pull this off. Rickeystokesnews.com will put anything up regardless of your race or sex. Besides that don't you think the Captains at DPD are more qualified than a Leiutenant? I'm also confussed about "ALL OF YOUR OTHER SUPORTERS". Didn't you mean to say your sister, brother and a NAACP spokesman? Get over it and move on but, just perfom better in the PD and maybe you will go higher!
  • by enoughalready! Location: Dothan on Dec 5, 2009 at 05:09 PM
    Thanks John! Oh, and Mandy, did your company just come out and say they weren't hiring the woman because she was African American? If so, do you still work there? If they didn't, maybe you should just come right out and ask them if it bothers you so badly. Honestly, we will never move on as a country UNTIL people stop using the race card as a crutch. America is completely an equal-opportunity nation now. It's just time for people to move on. And yes, it's time to get over it already. If you don't move forward, you'll always feel one step behind.
  • by John Location: Hartford on Dec 3, 2009 at 08:56 PM
    And Mandy you still work for this racist company i assume, so your point is mute. If it bothers you as much as you act like it does then find another job and advise all your co workers they need to also. That is standing up for what you believe in by taking a stand not just a quick note posted on this site to make you feel better by verbally acting out against someone elses comment which they are entitled to just as you are :)
  • by Mandy Location: Dothan on Dec 2, 2009 at 01:19 PM
    How dare you say get over it already, It wouldn't be used if if wasn't still practice today. I am a white woman and racism in dothan is alive and well. My company interviewed two women, one black and one white.Before the black girl came in they had already said they wasn't hiring her. She had more experience and education than the white woman. We have got to change. I don't know anything about him but I know dothan still has racism and still practice it today, so he can still pull the race card because it's most likely true.
  • by enoughalready! Location: Dothan on Dec 2, 2009 at 08:29 AM
    I totally agree, the race card thing is getting soo old! He's only saying that because he probably thinks he can use that as a tool to get the position. Geesh, I'm SO sick of people using the race card still in this day and age. Get over it already!
  • by Jean Location: Ozark on Dec 2, 2009 at 07:20 AM
    Stop pulling the Race Card. OMG this is getting so old.
  • by Douglas Location: Dothan on Dec 2, 2009 at 04:33 AM
    I think Gray is saying he is qualified because he is a minority. Read the article and he answers his own question. He is not qualified because he does not have an FBI Certificate which was required when Powell was hired as it is today. He wants to confuse the issue by bringing in the 5 year requirment of executive experience which is a moot point.
  • by DAN Location: DOTHAN on Dec 2, 2009 at 03:36 AM
    ANYONE THAT HAS EVER WORKED WITH GRAY KNOWS HE WASN'T PASSED OVER BECAUSE OF RACE. WANT TO SEE ALOT MORE QUIT THE DEPARTMENT JUST LET HIM BE CHIEF.
  • by John Location: Hartford on Dec 1, 2009 at 06:37 PM
    What about me I applied and they turned me away because i am human. Get real maybe 20 years ago but this old song and dance just does not fit today. Need to come up with a new one, people are so tired of hearing everything is about discrimination. May the best man for the job win, that is the way it should be and not just given to somebody to fill a slot.
  • by Lt. Gray on Dec 1, 2009 at 03:07 PM
    I hold in my hand both job descriptions, so once again city officials are misleading the public. I will be glad to provide my copies to the media.
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