Police Director Candidates

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland released on Friday, July 15, the list of recommended candidates from the International Association of Chiefs of Police for the permanent directorship of the Memphis Police Department.

Mayor Strickland will conduct interviews in August. Shortly after that, the mayor will announce his appointee. The appointment is subject to approval by the Memphis City Council.

The recommended candidates, along with bios, resumes and video clips, are listed below in alphabetical order.

Malik Aziz

Malik Aziz is deputy chief of the Dallas Police Department (DPD), where he currently leads the Support Services Division. He’s been with the DPD for 24 years and has an additional 3 years with the Dallas Sheriff's Office. He has served as the commander on the Bush Library Opening, State Fair of Texas, and numerous other major and minor special events. His previous assignments included Patrol Division commander, field services (SWAT and traffic), special projects, and special investigations.

Aziz is the former local and regional president of the National Black Police Association (NBPA) and Greater Dallas BPA. He was also the Dallas PAL director/board member (2007–2014). He got his BA in Criminology and Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at Arlington, and his MBA from the University of Dallas.

His training experience includes PERF Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP), the FBI National Academy (FBINA), and other various certificates and certifications, including those in diversity and ethics training.

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Dr. Branville G. Bard, Jr.

Dr. Branville G. Bard, Jr., is the chief of the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s Police Department, the fourth largest in the nation. Prior to his appointment, Bard spent nearly 22 years with the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD) before retiring at the rank of inspector. He was chosen by then-Commissioner Charles Ramsey to lead the 22nd police district—the city’s largest and most violent patrol district. In terms of manpower, the 22nd is larger than more than 50 percent of all police departments in the United States and had an annual operating budget of nearly $25 million. Bard also headed several other elite units while with the PPD, including forensic science, the narcotics field unit, and internal affairs.

Chief Bard has earned a doctorate in Public Administration. He also holds a master’s degree in Criminal Justice and Public Safety Management and serves as an adjunct professor. Bard has completed advanced leadership training at the FBI National Academy and the Police Executive Research Forum. Most recently he was appointed to Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s transition team.

Bard resides in northwest Philadelphia with his wife and children.

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Richard Bash

Richard Bash has been with the Columbus Division of Police since 1989, where he was promoted to deputy chief in June 2010. He has served as deputy chief of homeland security, patrol, and, now, the investigative subdivision.

Deputy Chief Bash holds a BA in Political Science from Ohio Dominican University and an MS in Management from Mt. Vernon Nazarene University. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, Senior Management Institute for Police (SMIP), and Police Executive Leadership Institute (PELI), and he is an adjunct professor at Franklin University.

Deputy Chief Bash is married and is the father of two boys.

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Patrick Melvin

Patrick Melvin recently served the people of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) in Scottsdale, Arizona, as the chief of police. The former police chief of the City of Maricopa, Arizona, Chief Melvin has also held the positions of public safety director, fire chief, and assistant city manager. Previously, Melvin retired from the City of Phoenix, Arizona, Police Department as a police commander (2-stars) after 21 years of dedicated service.

Melvin served as the 2010 national president of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE). In addition, he was the recipient of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Community Service Award for his involvement in traffic safety, child safety seats, and seat belt issues in our communities.

Chief Patrick Melvin received an Army Commission as a 2nd Lieutenant from Wentworth Military College (Lexington, MO); a BS degree in Criminal Justice from Arizona State University; a master of education degree with distinction from Northern Arizona University and the Certified Public Manager designation from Arizona State University. He also attended the FBI’s Southwest Command College and the 65th Session of the FBI’s Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS) at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA. He and his wife Rhonda have been married for over 25 years and have three adult children.

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Michael W. Rallings

Michael W. Rallings has more than 26 years of experience and currently holds the rank of interim director of police services with the Memphis Police Department (MPD). Prior to being appointed to interim director, he commanded Uniform Patrol District I, overseeing the day-to- day operation of four police precincts. Previous positions held by Rallings included Mt Moriah Station commander, training academy commander, Firearms Training Unit commander, and Entertainment District Unit supervisor, and he was assigned to the Investigative Services Bureau, Organized Crime Unit, and Uniform Patrol Division.

He is a member of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) and is the FBI Virtual Academy training manager for MPD. A graduate of the FBI National Academy, Session 227, Quantico, VA, he has also served over 30 years in the U.S. Army Reserve, where he served both in active duty, as well as an instructor. Rallings has an AA from Shelby State Community College and has attended the University of Memphis.

He is proud of his military service and service to the city of Memphis as a Memphis police officer. He has a daughter and grandson who are stationed at Ft. Gordon, GA.

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Joseph P. Sullivan

Joseph P. Sullivan is a 33-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department where he currently holds the rank of chief inspector and serves as the commanding officer of homeland security and counterterrorism and special operations. He serves as the department’s point of contact to the FBI on all matters related to counterterrorism and to the U.S Secret Service on matters related to presidential and dignitary security.

Sullivan is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the U.S. Army Ordinance Munitions and Electronics Maintenance School. He holds a BA from Penn State University in the Administration of Justice and an MA in Public Safety from St. Joseph’s University. He is also an adjunct professor at several colleges in the Philadelphia area.

He is SWAT and HazMat Level B certified and holds a certificate in Response to Weapons of Mass Destruction for Law Enforcement. Sullivan is also a former commissioner with the state of Pennsylvania’s Police Training and Education Commission and current contributor to the U.S. Attorney’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council. In 2016, he will participate in the FBI-sponsored Leadership in Counterterrorism (LINCT) project.

In his off-duty hours, Sullivan serves his community as president and an executive board member for the Irish Pub Children’s Foundation, which raises money for children in need and the families of fallen first responders throughout the greater Philadelphia and South Jersey region.

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