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Brackney named finalist for Dallas police chief post

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Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney is one of seven finalists for the top law enforcement job in Dallas.

Dallas announced finalists for the position in a Thursday morning press release.

Brackney was selected as a finalist out of 36 applicants and will receive an interview, according to KRLD. She is the only woman finalist and one of two who work outside of Texas.

Brackney declined to comment Thursday.

The position will be open following the resignation of Police Chief U. Reneé Hall, who decided to step down following fallout from summer protests and increased crime in the city, according to The Dallas Morning News.

Dallas hopes to have a new police chief selected by Jan. 1.

Brackney started in 2018 as Charlottesville’s first Black woman police chief. She replaced Al Thomas, who retired in the fallout of the 2017 Unite the Right rally. He received a confidential settlement agreement to stay on the payroll through July 2019.

In her role with the city, Brackney has touted her efforts to improve transparency and community relations.

In an unrelated press conference Thursday, Brackney cited the department’s practice of publishing data on internal affairs investigations, use of force and investigative detentions, commonly called stop-and-frisk.

“We are publishing more data than ever before so the community can see the outcomes of these cases,” she said.

Stepping into the position after the deadly rally, however, has made Brackney the frequent target of criticism from activists.

If Brackney is offered and accepts the position, it will continue a churn of top leadership in the city since the rally.

Since then, the city has five new city councilors, gone through two city managers, had two human resources directors leave and lost its police chief, communications director, clerk of council, registrar, parks and recreation director, city attorney, public works director, three deputy city managers, fire chief, manager of the Office of Human Rights and director of Charlottesville Area Transit. The city is also on its second interim city manager since the rally.


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Nolan Stout is a reporter for The Daily Progress. Contact him at (434) 978-7274,, or @TheNolanStout on Twitter and Facebook.

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RaShall Brackney is the second consecutive chief of police to be let go by the city, an indication of turmoil in the department that preceded Brackney — and that undoubtedly will persist for the next chief to confront.

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