Little Rock sergeant and outside officials join roster of candidates for Little Rock police chief

At least four other people have joined the group of candidates seeking to become the next chief of the Little Rock Police Department, according to city records.

Two of them are local: Sgt. Derrick Threadgill of the Little Rock Police Department applied on June 3, records show. And Frank E. Lewis, an official at a Department of Veterans Affairs training center in North Little Rock, applied on June 9.

Former Police Chief Keith Humphrey resigned in May after serving under Mayor Frank Scott Jr. for just over three years.

Then-deputy chief Crystal Young-Haskins was named acting chief during the subsequent search process to identify Humphrey’s replacement, but she resigned shortly after he left for what officials said. labeled as an out-of-state career opportunity.

Young-Haskins’ last day with the department was June 17.

Scott said he intended to appoint a new police chief before the November election. In the first round of the mayoral race on November 8, the 38-year-old Scott is expected to face one or more challengers in his bid for a second term.

The city posted its job posting for the police chief on May 23.

An earlier response to an Arkansas Freedom of Information Act request that was submitted to the city of Little Rock by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette yielded an initial batch of 13 nominations for police chief.

The city recently provided additional application materials to the Democrat-Gazette under the Open Files Act.

Since March 2019, Lewis has worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs in North Little Rock as a law enforcement training specialist and program manager, his application states.

From the end of 2015 to March 2019, he was a trainer with the same agency.

Lewis also held positions at GV (Sonny) Montgomery VA Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi as well as the Mississippi Air National Guard Combat Readiness Training Center in Gulfport, Miss., among other jobs.

Since 2005, Threadgill has worked for the Little Rock Police Department.

Threadgill rose to the rank of sergeant in 2011 after serving as an officer and then a detective, according to his CV.

He is currently serving his third term on the Arkansas Sex Offender Evaluation Board, according to a letter submitted with his application.

Two other candidates for police chief in Little Rock have experience in large metropolitan police departments.

Jonathan H. Lewin applied on June 20, according to city records.

Currently, Lewin is acting supervisor and senior public safety adviser at the First Responder Network Authority in Reston, Va., he wrote in his application.

From January to March 2020, Lewin served as Chief Information Officer with the Office of the Chief of Police of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., according to his candidacy.

He left the post to return to Chicago to be with his family for personal reasons, referring in his candidacy to the covid-19 pandemic.

Prior to that, he retired in January 2020 after serving nearly three years as chief of the Chicago Police Department’s Technical Services Bureau, Lewin wrote in his application materials.

Joseph P. Sullivan, president of the Philadelphia-based Families Behind the Badge Children’s Foundation, applied to become Little Rock’s next police chief on June 20.

Her resume described the foundation as a registered nonprofit “committed to serving all children in need, including the children of deceased first responders.”

From March 2017 to July 2020, Sullivan served as deputy commissioner for patrol operations with the Philadelphia Police Department, according to his resume.

He held a series of other positions with the department dating back to 1982, when Sullivan served as a patrol officer, according to his resume.

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