Birmingham Police Department

Update on search for new Birmingham Police Chief

Finalists for Birmingham police chief are from Birmingham, Dallas and Los Angeles


BIRMINGHAM, AL – Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin will interview three candidates for Birmingham police chief this week.

They are:

  • Malik Aziz is currently a division commander with the Dallas Police Department. He has more than 28 years law enforcement experience.  
  • Henry Irby III is currently a deputy chief with the Birmingham Police Department. He has more than 32 years law enforcement experience.
  • Patrick D. Smith is currently a police commander with the Los Angeles Police Department. Has more than 27 years law enforcement experience. 

This week’s interview process is part of a national search that began with collecting applications from Feb. 1 to March 9. More than 50 candidates – both locally and across the nation – applied for the position.

The finalists were selected from a pool of 11 applicants invited to take part in an assessment process on March 19. An assessment center was created for participants to handle a series of realistic leadership situations. Once those candidates completed the assessment process, a detailed review of their performance was conducted. Mayor Woodfin will interview each finalist between April 23 – 25.