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The Chief of Police

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney

Chief Rodney Monroe   Kerr Putney was sworn in as Chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department on June 29, 2015. Chief Putney was previously assigned to the Administrative Services Group where he managed the operation of the administrative functions of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.  He supervised the Computer Technology Services Bureau (CTS).  In that role, he helped prioritize and develop plans to enhance and maintain the technological advances of the organization for which the department has become a model around the country.  He also supervised the Training Bureau where all new police candidates are recruited and trained to become police officers.  He supervised the Communications Bureau where nearly one million calls per year are received and processed for public safety services.   

 
 
 

Prior to his assignment over Administration, he was assigned to the Investigative Services Group where he supervised approximately 300 detectives. He was responsible for the Criminal Investigations Bureau which consists of detectives who investigate criminal offenses ranging from fraud and arson to armed robbery and homicide cases.  He also managed the Special Investigative Bureau which consists of detectives who investigate crimes ranging from vice and narcotics to major series crimes involving priority offenders and priority groups who repeatedly commit crimes across the Charlotte-Mecklenburg jurisdiction.  He was responsible for managing the detectives assigned to various federal agencies as task force officers who present cases to the U.S. Attorney's office for prosecution. 

He was also responsible for the Field Services Group–North (Patrol-North) that covers the northern half of Mecklenburg County where he managed roughly 700 patrol personnel (including two majors and seven captains) in seven of the department's 14 divisions.  One of his divisions was responsible for sworn law enforcement operations at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport. 

Chief Putney was hired by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department in August of 1992. Since that time, he has held a variety of patrol, training and specialized assignments at various ranks within the organization.  He was promoted to the rank of Deputy Chief in September of 2007.

He attended the 217th Session of the FBI National Academy in 2004 and attended the 42nd Session of the Senior Management Institute for Police in 2009.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in criminology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Master's degree in criminology from East Carolina University.  

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Office of the Chief
The Office of the Chief consists of the five Deputy Chiefs, who lead the Major Service Groups, the Police Attorneys Office, the Office of Professional Responsibility, the Real Time Crime Center, which is overseen by the Chief of Staff, Major Steve Willis and the Executive Operations Assistant, LaVondra Farquharson.

The Police Attorneys Office is led by Mark Newbold, Lead Attorney for CMPD.  The Office of Professional Responsibility is led by Major Sherie Pearsall, which includes the Internal Affairs Bureau, led by Captain Roslyn Maglione, investigates cases of misconduct and breaches of moral and ethical character within CMPD. OPR also includes the Professional Standards Unit, led by Sgt. Amy Stukey, and Special Projects, headed by Major Mike Adams, which will oversee the implementation and review of surveillance from officer body cams.

The Real Time Crime Center, led by Captain Allan Rutledge, is the daily crime surveillance and logistics group of the department, which includes LogisticsTRAP/POST, Pawn Shop/Scrap Metal unit and the Watch Commanders Division.


The Public Affairs Office is led by Rob Tufano, who oversees the internal and external communications for the department, as well as the public website. The CrimeStoppers Unit, led by Detective Toriarno Roddey, is also under the Public Affairs Office. The Human Resources and Fiscal Affairs Bureau is led by Business Services Manager, Kellie High-Foster. The Fiscal Affairs Division, managed by Greg Crystal, is comprised of Purchasing, Contracts/Grants, Asset Forfeiture/Revenue and Travel budget sections. The Human Resources Office, led by Monique Moore, handles the employee benefits and payroll.
 

 
 

 

 

 

The Deputy Chiefs

  Deputy Chief  

As the Deputy Chief of the Administrative Services Group, the appointed chief oversees the Training Bureau, the Administrative Services Bureau, the Planning and Research Division, Crime Analysis Division, the Communications Division, the Crime Reporting Unit, the Computer Technology Solutions Division, Professional Standards and Court Services.
 
Major Brian Cunningham is the commander of the Training Bureau, and as such, he is responsible for recruiting, recruit training and in-service training at the Police Training Academy.

Major Lisa Goelz is the commander of the Administrative Services Bureau which includes Communications, Crime Analysis, Research and Planning, Records, Crime Reporting, Professional Standards and Court Services.  

 

 
















  Deputy Chief Doug Gallant  Deputy Chief Doug Gallant joined the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department as a member of the 105th recruit class of 1991. He was promoted to his current rank in 2012. 
 
As the Deputy Chief of the Investigative Services Group, he oversees all major felony investigative units, including Homicide, Assault w/Deadly Weapon, Robbery, Vice/Gangs/Firearms, Sexual Assault, Auto Theft, Arson, Cyber Crimes and Financial Crimes. They are also responsible for criminal intelligence and state/federal law enforcement partnerships. 
 
Major Freda Lester is the commander of the Special Investigations Bureau, which includes Vice, Gangs and Firearms Division, VCAT and Safe Streets Task Force Units. Major Cam Selvey commands the Criminal Investigations Bureau, which includes Homicide/ADW, Robbery, Sexual Assault, Missing Persons, Cyber Crimes and Domestic Violence Units.
 
















 
 

 
Deputy Chief Katrina Graue  Deputy Chief Katrina Graue joined the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department as a member of the 102nd recruit class of July 1990. She was promoted to her current rank in 2010.

As the Deputy Chief for Field Services Group - North, she oversees the Northeast Service Area (Eastway, University City and North Tryon Divisions) and the Northwest Service Area (Metro, Freedom, North and Airport Law Enforcement. Divisions). 

Major John Diggs commands the Northeast Service Area, and Major Bruce Bellamy commands the Northwest Service Area.
 
















  Deputy Chief Jeff Estes  Deputy Chief Jeff Estes joined the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department as a member of the 110th recruit class of 1992. He was promoted to his current rank in 2015. 

As the Deputy Chief for the Field Services Group - South, he oversees the Southeast Service Area (Providence, South, Hickory Grove and Independence Divisions) and the Southwest Service Area (Central, Westover and Steele Creek Divisions.) Also in the group are the Watch Commander, Special Events, and specialized units - Transit, Motorcycles, Passenger for Hire, Secondary Employment and Honor Guard.

Major Andy Kornberg commands the Southeast Service Area and Major Gerald Smith commands the Southwest Service Area.
 
















  Deputy Chief Vicki Foster  Deputy Chief Vicki Foster joined the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department as a member of the 106th recruit class of 1991. She was promoted to this current rank in 2012.

As the Deputy Chief over the Support Services Group, she oversees the Special Operations Bureau, the Lab and Evidence Bureau and the Community Services Bureau. These bureaus include the Violent Criminal Apprehension Team (VCAT), SWAT, Civil Emergency Unit, Canine, Aviation, Bomb Squad, Electronic Monitoring, ALERT, Crime Scene Search and the Crime Lab. She also oversees the Property and Evidence Division, Animal Care and Control, School Resource Officers, Crime Prevention, Volunteers, Chaplains and several community outreach programs. 

Major Johnny Jennings is the commander of the Special Operations Bureau, including SWAT, Aviation, Canine and Arson/Bomb Units. Major Mike Smathers oversees the Lab and Evidence Bureau. Major Diego Anselmo commands the Community Services Bureau, which includes Crime Prevention, School Resource, PAL, Electronic Monitoring, Youth Offenders and Animal Care and Control.