Winston-Salem, NC - Assistant Police Chief Barry D. Rountree will be Winston-Salem's next police chief, according to a Friday morning announcement from City Manager Lee Garrity.
Rountree has served on the Winston-Salem Police Department for the last 25 years, and is currently the assistant chief in the Investigative Services Bureau.
Chief Scott Cunningham announced in December 2012 that he would retire at the end of June 2013. Rountree will start his new position June 30.
"I am very pleased with the level of feedback that I have received from citizens and police employees regarding our candidates," Garrity said in a statement. "After careful deliberation of all aspects of the chief's job, I have determined that Assistant Chief Rountree is the best candidate to assume this major responsibility for our community.
"He will provide the leadership to aggressively combat crime while working to enhance the relationships between the department and the community."