According to countless sources Kerr Putney, the Chief of Police for CMPD, is set to retire at the end of 2019 before re-joining the department to prepare for the Republican National Convention in 2020.
In a letter, Charlotte City Manager Marcus D. Jones announced Monday that Putney will retire at the end of 2019 and return in the spring to continue his work around community policing.
Putney will officially retire Jan. 1, 2020, and following a two-month hiatus, resume his role as police chief in March.
An interim chief will serve during Putney’s short hiatus.
Jones says Putney will step down from the role following the Republican National Convention (RNC) and a permanent replacement will be named at that time.
A formal public announcement from Putney is expected by the end of the week. Jones said transition plans are set to be addressed on Wednesday.
In a video on YouTube Putney addressed the police department about his upcoming retirement.
“Come September 1, I’m going to really transition, truly retire and move on to the next chapter,” Putney said. “It’s humbling to come to the last chapter, the last year of my service here, but I couldn’t be more proud of the work you’re doing. This community appreciates that work, they depend on that work. Keep it up.”
Cedar's Take: The ability to shake down taxpayers and the lengths to which command will go is astounding. Meanwhile rank and file earn a wage that is far from acceptable, are routinely condemned by members of Charlotte City Council and extremist groups.
The boots on the street are under pressure to hug thugs and "deescalate" confrontation with violent offenders all the while the Meck Da, County Sheriff and Jurists within the courts are hell bent on freeing the most violent of criminals back on to Charlotte's streets.
How much worse could it get?
Cedar Update October 8 2200 hours:
Not so fast Chief! Apparently and even though this has been pretty common practice over the last several years, it seems this too good to be true plan may be just that. By the rules you really have to plan to retire. Putney's mistake was saying "I'll be back". The fleecing of taxpayers thwarted? Stay tuned!
Cedar Update October 10 0700 hours:
Seems the other shoe has fallen. Kerr Putney will postpone his retirement until a later date. This retire and hire back scheme has been going on at CMPD for years. Of course only a handful of "selected" employees have been offered the magical retirement program that allows you to "double dip".
The trouble is how bad is the mess and who's going to sort it out? The state employees retirement program is the victim, at question is does the fraud cross the line into criminal conduct or just a simple misunderstanding?
Absolute fact is CMPD's highest ranking member was getting bad advice.