The official email sent to all CMPD follows:
I am proud to announce the promotion of Deputy Chief Kerr Putney to CMPD Police Chief.
The process of selecting the next Police Chief started immediately upon Chief Rodney Monroe’s retirement announcement. I consulted with members of CMPD, elected leaders and community leaders across multiple sectors, from neighborhood leaders to corporate executives to institutional leaders, and the law enforcement community.
The most important thing that I learned from these conversations is how much the community respects and values what you do every day. The consistent advice that I got was that we do not need to do a national search for police chief. We have outstanding talent in our own department. Here are some of the notes from conversations with community leaders:
· An internal person would be someone who knows the Charlotte community and knows community leaders and is familiar with people that are important to community relations.
· Don’t need to go outside if there is someone who sees the community and is a part of the community.
· It’s not always worth the time and expense for a national search; you lose momentum; we need someone who knows Charlotte well and can manage community relations and our current initiatives.
· There is nothing wrong with CMPD; don’t put yourself through the “hoopla” of a national search – and, there will be hoopla if you do.
· We have very rich talent in CMPD.
These comments are a tribute to Chief Monroe and his efforts to build leadership within CMPD, but more importantly, they are a tribute to all of you and the professionalism you demonstrate and your commitment to both effective crime fighting and effective collaborative relations.
The Charlotte community values and trusts its police department.
I talked to community leaders about all of the Deputy Chiefs. Without exception people who have worked directly with any of the deputies spoke very highly of each one of them. Indeed, we can all be very proud of these outstanding leaders: Deputy Police Chiefs: Vicki Foster, Jeff Estes, Doug Gallant, Katrina Graue, and Kerr Putney.
One name, however, consistently kept rising to the top: Kerr Putney. Here are some of the comments community leaders shared:
· He is a natural leader. People look to him.
· He is committed to making positive changes in how we deal with diversity.
· He is the best in the world; super, super good; we have a healthy working relationship; he is always listening to the pulse of the community.
· He has always stepped right in. He can lead without disruption.
· He is the full package. People trust him. He has the qualities, gravitas, experience and intelligence to lead.
· He is very articulate and good at explaining procedure to people and what CMPD is dealing with both in terms of public safety and community relations. He respects rank and file.
· He is amazing. I’ve known him very well for many years. He is well respected locally and by other police chiefs around the nation. We will work well together.
Kerr Putney became a patrol officer in 1992 and rose through the ranks with diverse assignments across CMPD. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1999, to Captain in 2003, Major in 2006, and Deputy Chief in 2007. He has an undergraduate degree in criminology from UNC-Charlotte and a graduate degree in the same field from East Carolina University. He attended the 217th Session of the FBI Academy in 2004.
Deputy Chief Putney clearly has the credentials to be Chief, but he also has a deep understanding of CMPD and the communities that it serves. I know from my many conversations with him that he is deeply committed to supporting you, the outstanding men and women who protect us every day – people with whom he has worked shoulder to shoulder. And, he is committed to continuing proactive efforts in increase understanding between the police and the community, where we all work together to make Charlotte-Mecklenburg the safest place that one can call home.
Deputy Chief Putney will officially be sworn in as Chief Putney on Monday, June 29, 2015, in the Council Chambers.
Thank you for what you do every day. Please stay safe as you keep Charlotte-Mecklenburg safe.
Ron Carlee, City Manager
City of Charlotte