Police Chief Finalist Reveals Himself as Candidate Removed from Consideration, Responds to Search Process

May 23, 2018 11:29 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- A candidate challenging his removal from the search for Rochester Police Chief is saying inaccurate information may have cost him the job.

The name of the candidate was held confidential until Wednesday.


Dallas Police Lieutenant Roy Alston revealed himself as the candidate in a statement on Twitter.

Alston said the background investigation into each of the three candidates was inaccurate and without context. He also said the incident in question was based on a corrective action taken against him almost 12 years ago.

The statement did not address the claim by his previous supervisor because that person was ultimately terminated for creating a hostile work environment for police officers under his command, according to Alston.

Rochester city officials said Alston was pulled from the running after a background check revealed he omitted a written reprimand from his previous employer on his application.

ABC 6 News spoke with Kamau Wilkins, a member of the Police Chief Selection Committee. Wilkins said he's been in contact with Alston regarding the issue and the steps leading up to it.

"Once Roy found out that the investigator wanted this information, Roy got that information form and gave it to him and at that point never heard back from the investigator for a long time, until he received an email that said he was no longer a part of the process," Wilkins said.

ABC 6 News also spoke with Mayor Ardell Brede over the phone. He said an outside firm was hired to conduct the investigation.

Wilkins also mentioned that the firm was the city's second choice and the first investigator wanted more time to conduct the background checks.

The mayor also said the Civil Services Commission wanted to keep the matter private until a  public hearing on June 5 that is scheduled to take place at Fire Station #2 at 5 p.m.

Alston is up against James Franklin and Mark Elliot for the position.

A public hearing on the topic is set for June 5.


Elise Romas

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