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Watch: Candidate Forum on June 10

The Live Virtual Candidate's Forum was streamed live on June 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. The forum was streamed three ways: City of Raleigh YouTube channel, City of Raleigh Youtube channel - Spanish version, and here on raleighnc.gov.

It was also televised on Raleigh Television Network (RTN) Channel 11.

If you missed it, you can watch a recording of it on the City's YouTube channel

Meet the Three Finalists

The City of Raleigh is searching for a new Chief of Police and has contracted with Public Sector Search & Consulting to conduct a national recruitment for the position.
As part of the process, the top three finalists are scheduled to participate in a Live Virtual Candidates Forum on Thursday, June 10, at 6 p.m. Learn about the candidates and the community survey conducted this spring.  

Robert N. Lowe

Robert N. Lowe, police chief candidate

Robert N. Lowe

Deputy Superintendent
Cambridge Police Department, Mass.

Deputy Superintendent Robert Lowe has 20 years of police experience as an active member of the Cambridge Police Department, Mass. Currently, he oversees a team of sworn officers and professional staff who provide services to vulnerable populations. He is commanding officer of the Family & Social Justice Section, which includes the Family Justice Unit, the Clinical Support Unit, and the Focus Deterrent Unit. 

Lowe holds a Juris Doctor from the Massachusetts School of Law and an undergraduate degree in law enforcement from Western New England University.

Deputy Superintendent Lowe is a licensed attorney and current doctoral student at New York University focusing on implicit bias in policing. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has served in the United States Marine Corps.
Lowe is a member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Police Executive Research Forum.   

Darryl W. McSwain

Darryl W. McSwain, Police Chief Candidate

Darryl W. McSwain

Chief of Police
Maryland-National Capital Park Police

Chief Darryl McSwain was appointed as the Chief of Police for the Maryland-National Capital Park Police – Montgomery County Division – in May 2018. Before this appointment, McSwain had a 30-year career with the Montgomery County Department of Police, where he led the Field Services Bureau, before retiring as an Assistant Chief.

His previous executive assignments include Deputy Commander of the 3rd District, Director of Internal Affairs, Commander of the 1st District Station, Director of Special Operations, and the Asst. Chief of the Patrol Services Bureau.

Chief McSwain holds an M.S. in administrative management from Bowie State University and a B.A. in criminal justice from the University of Maryland. Chief McSwain is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and National Executive Institute. McSwain also completed the Major Cities Chiefs Association Police Executive Leadership Institute.

Estella D. Patterson

Estella D. Patterson, Police Chief Candidate

Estella D. Patterson

Deputy Chief
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

Estella D. Patterson is a Deputy Chief with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and currently oversees the Patrol Services Group. She has been a member of CMPD since 1996, serving in several roles, including patrol officer, instructor, division commander, recruitment director, and Internal Affairs commander.

Deputy Chief Patterson earned a M.S. in criminal justice from the University of Oklahoma and a B.A. in political science from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. She is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.

She is currently the President of the Greater Charlotte Chapter of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives and an executive board member of the N.C. Police Executives Association. Additionally, she serves as a Commissioner on the N.C. Education and Training Standards Commission, which regulates the training, certification and policy making for all police officers in the state of North Carolina. Deputy Chief Patterson also served as a member of the U.S. Army Reserves from 1996-2005.  

Community Survey

Recognizing the importance of the Chief position and its influence on our community, the City asked the consultant to conduct extensive community engagement as they developed the candidate profile and to further inform the search and selection process.

Eight focus group meetings were held, with almost 100 participants in attendance.

Additionally, the consultant conducted a 10-question community survey in English and Spanish to learn more about the qualities, characteristics, and experience the community desires in its next Chief of Police and areas of needed attention, focus, and prioritization.

During the survey period, 3,414 responses were received. See the report on the survey.



Julia Milstead
Public Information Officer, Communications