Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed will host a town hall meeting at 6 p.m. on June 3 at the Atlanta Civic Center to introduce to the community the three finalists for the position of police chief.

The final three candidates are Dr. Cedric L. Alexander, Interim Chief George N. Turner and Robert Crump White.

After receiving the recommendations from the Police Chief Search Committee and the search firm Russell Reynolds, Reed and Chief Operating Officer Peter Aman individually interviewed each of the final five candidates and narrowed the list to the three finalists.

The town hall meeting will be open to the public and will feature a Q & A session. Atlanta residents, business owners and civic leaders will be able to ask the candidates questions.

Shortly after the town hall meeting, Reed will announce his choice for the new chief of police, who must be confirmed by the Atlanta City Council.

According to the city, the three finalists are:

  • Dr. Cedric L. Alexander is with the United States Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, and leads federal security oversight at Dallas/Ft.Worth International Airport. He served as a deputy commissioner for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services before joining the Department of Homeland Security. He holds a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from Wright State University.
  • George N. Turner has been serving as interim Atlanta police chief since Reed became mayor. An Atlanta native, Turner has more than 28 years of law enforcement experience with the City’s police department, including work as a family and youth services section police major, zone commander, human resources commander, police deputy chief, and now interim chief. Turner holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice from St. Leo University and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Columbus State University.
  • Robert Crump White, chief of police for the Louisville (Kentucky) Metro Police Department, has four decades of law enforcement experience. He has served as a Cadet, Captain, Inspector/Major, Commander, and has served as Chief of Police in two other cities: Washington, D.C. and Greensboro, North Carolina. White received his Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration summa cum laude from the University of the District of Columbia and earned a Master of Science in Applied Behavioral Science from Johns Hopkins University.

-John Schaffner