Durham chief did not give preferential treatment in hiring nephew, city says
by WNCN Staff
The City of Durham said police Chief Jose Lopez did not give preferential treatment to his nephew in his hiring.
DURHAM, N.C. -
The City of
Durham has closed the books on a claim that its police chief gave preferential
treatment to a relative in his hiring on with the Police Department earlier
Police Assistant Chief Winslow Forbes raised concerns in a written complain
that Chief Jose Lopez gave preferential treatment to his nephew, Ramon
Grillasca, in Grillasca's hiring.
the nephew of Lopez's wife, Rebecca Lopez.
complaint was reviewed by the Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Section of the City's
Audit Services Department, which found no evidence of improper decisions or
influence to support the allegation or overturn Grillasca's hiring.
Resources Department also determined Grillasca's hiring was not in violation of
the City's nepotism policy.
Tom Bonfield told the The Herald-Sun of Durham that the family tie is "is
not covered" under local or state anti-nepotism policies.
Services Department also confirmed that the State of North Carolina Criminal
Justice Education and Training Standards Commission reviewed, interviewed, and
verified Grillasca's credentials for eligibility to graduate after successfully
completing the requirements of the police academy.
Standards Commission is charged with vetting and approving police officer
candidates prior to graduation from police academy
previously told The Herald-Sun that Grillasca's relationship with Lopez
"was vetted" during the hiring process.
to Grillasca's relationship with Lopez, Forbes and his supporters had raised
concerns about Grillasca's court record in Florida.
Carolina does not disqualify a person from being a police officer if they have
a criminal record, as long as the candidate is not a convicted felon.
most recent charge was a 2004 misdemeanor charge of uttering a false