Talkback for Sunday December 31 2023. Fayetteville Police Chief Kem Braden (Part 2) and FAST (Transit) Compliance Manager Tiara Dougherty – City of Fayetteville Mar-Comm Director Loren Bymer on upcoming FAST Hiring Event Download

30:00 Download December 31st, 2023

TODAY IS Sunday, December 31st, 2023.  It’s New’s Year Eve.  New Year’s Day is TOMORROW….and on behalf of Beasley Media Group, we wish everyone in our group of listeners a Happy and Safe New Year!

On last week’s Talkback. We featured Part 1 of a two-part conversation with Fayetteville Police Chief Kem Braden.  In the 1st 20 minutes of our talk, Chief Braden explained how his adherence to the discipline his fairly strict raising provided him a recommendation to get into police work and how his first application led to his being hired at the Fayetteville Police Department almost 27 years ago.  He’s worked his way up through the ranks and now leads a department of about 430 sworn law enforcement officers (that’s the full strength target) and about 180 more non-sworn staff employees.

That’s a considerable quantity of opinion and thought to vector and lead in the same direction.  By most accounts he’s done well.

As you will hear Chief Braden describe during Part 2, Fayetteville police are great at solving crime and maintaining order, but really need the community’s help in preventing it. He says so much is in community control – from managing our family member’s attitudes – to simply saying something when we see something.  Please listen as he explains how an ounce of cooperation can lead to a pound of cure.  Listen too to his thought as to how much of gun violence that arises from poor conflict resolution starts with social media postings.  A fascinating discussion picking up right where we left off last week talking about the police departments’s need for partnership with us, our concerned citizens and organizations. 

Interview #1 (Paul Johnson with Police Chief Kem Braden Part 2)

To learn more about the Fayetteville Police Department, lookup FayettevilleNC-dot-Gov.  Then under Departments, choose “Police”.  To find out more about becoming an officer – and they always need good officers – visit 

As we look ahead to more opportunities in 2024, we hear from Fayetteville Area System of Transit Compliance Manager Tiara Dougherty and City of Fayetteville Marketing and Communications Manager Loren Bymer…talking about quick action to meet an immediate need in our fast-growing city.

Interview #2 (Paul Johnson with Tiara Dougherty and Loren Bymer)

For more details about the immediate need positions of FAST Bus Driver, FAST Supervisor, Dispatcher and more, look up FayettevilleNC-dot-GOV , then Human Resources Development  then CAREER OPPORTUNITIES.

Or just look for every job for which the City is trying to find teammates to match by searching City of Fayetteville jobs.  The City is anxious to talk to you about your interests!

Whether you’re heading out tonight for a family or church event or any kind of gathering, please be careful and safe!  Let’s all bring in a Happy New Year!

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