Fire chief wades into murky Asheville Police Department waters

(Asheville Citizen-Times) Scott Burnette would probably rather be standing in a trout stream. Instead, the Asheville fire chief is wading into much murkier waters. Burnette is about to be waist-deep — maybe deeper — in a planned reform of the Asheville Police Department, which has become a force torn by internal conflict. Pulled off his duties as chief, Burnette will make a short trip next door to the police department, also housed in the the Public Safety Building. City Manager Gary Jackson has asked him to be strategic operations plan project facilitator for the police department. He’ll be working with Police Chief William Anderson and a consultant to pinpoint and address the root causes of discontent.

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