Kerr Putney was sworn in as chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department on June 29, 2015. He 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.
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, Chief Putney 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.
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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The Deputy Chiefs
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 of the Administrative Services Group
, she oversees Criminal Intelligence and Crime Analysis Division, the Communications Division, the Non-Emergency Police Services, the Computer Technology Solutions Division, and Human Resources Division.Major Lisa Goelz
is the commander of the Administrative Services Bureau which includes Communications, Criminal Intelligence and Crime Analysis, CTS, NEPS, Records, and HR.
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 Mike Adams
is the commander of the Special Investigations Bureau, which includes Vice & Narcotics, Anti-Crime, VCAT and ABC Units. Major Cam Selvey
commands the Criminal Investigations Bureau, which includes Homicide/ADW, Robbery, Sexual Assault, Missing Persons, Cyber Crimes and Domestic Violence Units. Major Coerte Voorhees
oversees the Operations Command and Real Time Crime Center.
Deputy Chief Johnny Jennings
joined the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department as a member of the 108th recruit class of 1992. He was promoted to his current rank in 2016.
As the Deputy Chief for
Field Services Group - North
, he 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 Mike Smathers
commands the Northeast Service Area, and
Major Freda Lester
commands the Northwest Service Area.
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
joined the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department as a member of the 106th recruit class of 1991. She was promoted to her current rank in 2013.
As Deputy Chief of 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 Sherie Pearsall
is the commander of the Special Operations Bureau, including SWAT, Aviation, Canine and Arson/Bomb Units.
Major Bruce Bellamy
oversees the Lab and Evidence Bureau.
Major Diego Anselmo
commands the Community Services Bureau, which includes Crime Prevention, Cadets, Explorers, and High School Academy, as well as the Volunteer Unit, School Resource, PAL, Youth Engagement and the Diversion Programs.