BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin has chosen Tuscaloosa native Patrick Smith as the new chief of police for the city. The announcement was made Monday afternoon.
Smith comes to Birmingham from the Los Angeles Police Department where he has 28 years of law enforcement experience. He started working for the LAPD in 1990 as an officer and was promoted in 2007 to Lieutenant. In 2010, he was promoted to Captain and in 2015, Commander of the Police Sciences and Training Bureau.
Smith is a Tuscaloosa native and Alabama fan who served in the United States Marine Corps from 1982 to 1989.
"I believe that a positive working relationship with my community is vital in the success of any police organization," Chief Smith said. "I strongly believe in working with the various communities to build bridges and sustain public trust while motivating, training and encouraging employees to achieve crime reduction goals and strategies."
"Chief Smith is dedicated to bridge building. He understands that a department is only as strong as the community it serves. As he works to build a better department, he will also be working to sustain public trust and bring real change to our communities. We'll be stronger both behind the badge and in front of it," said Mayor Woodfin.
Smith will officially begin his duties as chief on June 18.
Also announced at the Monday press conference, Alabama State Rep. Allen Treadaway will serve as assistant chief of police.
Treadaway has served on the Birmingham Police Department since 1989. Most recently, he was captain of the east precinct since 2014. That area included the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport.
He has served as a state representative since 2006. He has sponsored legislation involving law enforcement issues and is chairman of the Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee.
"Assistant Chief Treadaway knows Birmingham in and out. He knows our strengths," Woodfin said. "He knows where we need to improve. He already has the tools to make effective change happen. And together, these two gentlemen will help build a stronger, safer Birmingham."
The search for a new police chief started on February 1 this year as applications were accepted until March 9. We're told more than 50 candidates, local and national, applied for the position.
Three finalists were named back on April 22. Those three were selected from a pool of 11 applicants who were all invited to take part in an assessment process back on March 19.
The assessment required participants to handle a series of realistic leadership situations.
The three finalists were initially interviewed between April 23 and 25.
You can view the resume he submitted as part of his applications below: