Clayton Police Chief Tapped To Lead Hendersonville Police Department

HENDERSONVILLE, NC  –  Hendersonville City Manager John Connet announced today (Friday) the selection of Blair Myhand as their next Chief of Police.  Hendersonville has been searching for a new police chief for the past five months.  Myhand’s first day on the job will be February 15, 2021.

“I am extremely pleased to announce the hiring of Blair Myhand as the next Hendersonville Police Chief. His skills, training, and experience will be an asset to our community. I had the opportunity to speak to several Clayton community leaders about Blair and they all said he works well with community organizations and is an outstanding leader,” Connet said.

Blair Myhand was selected Jan. 15, 2021 as the new City of Hendersonville police chief. His first day on the job is Feb. 15, 2021. City of Hendersonville Photo

“He will speak his mind but is willing to compromise and find reasonable solutions to complex problems. He is willing to serve on community boards and is currently serving as the Secretary on the governing board of the local domestic violence shelter. I look forward to welcoming Blair and his wife Nana to our City,” Mr. Connet added.

Myhand is the current chief of the Clayton Police Department, having served in the position since May 2017. He previously was a Captain with the Apex Police Department.

Prior to his tenure with Apex, he served as a Police Officer and Emergency Response Team member with the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC. He has a Bachelor of Science from Waldorf College and a Master of Public Administration from Villanova University. Blair Myhand has a graduate certificate from the University of Virginia and has attended the FBI National Academy in addition to an extensive military background serving with the United States Army and Army National Guard.

Thirty five people applied for the Hendersonville police chief’s job.  Myhand will be paid $107,000.  He had been paid $121,316 as Clayton’s top cop.

Myhand has been on administrative leave with pay since November 2020. Town officials have never said publicly the reason for his suspension.  In July 2020,  questions were raised about a private security detail he authorized at his personal residence in the Clayton city limits.