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 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
Special Services Group
, he oversees the Special Events, Transportation, Airport Law Enforcement and Special Operations Divisions.Major (vacant)
commands the Transportation Bureau, which includes Special Events, Airport Law Enforcement, Accident Reconstruction, Motorcycle, and CATS Transit Units. Major Steven Brochu
commands the Special Operations Bureau, which includes SWAT, Aviation, Canine and Arson/Bomb Units.
Deputy Chief Johnny Jennings
joined the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department as a member of the 108th recruit class of October 1992. He was promoted to his current rank in 2016.
As the Deputy Chief of the Support Services Group
, this DC oversees the Community Services Bureau. These bureaus include Animal Care and Control, School Resource Officers, Crime Prevention, Volunteers, Chaplains and several community outreach programs. Major Tonya Arrington
commands the Community Services Bureau, which includes Animal Care & Control Division, Community Wellness, Chaplains, the School Resource Officer Program, PAL, Diversion Offender Program, Electronic Monitoring and Community Engagement Services.
Deputy Chief Estella Patterson
joined the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department as a member of the 123rd recruit class of 1996. She was promoted to her current rank in 2019.
As the Deputy Chief of the Administrative Services Group
, she oversees the Training Academy, the Communications Division, the Non-Emergency Police Services, the Computer Technology Solutions Division, and Crime Lab Division.Major Sherie Pearsall
is the commander of the Administrative Services Bureau which includes the Communications Division, Non-Emergency Police Services, and Records Management Division. Major Bruce Bellamy
is the commander of the Lab and Evidence Bureau which includes Crime Lab Division, Property and Evidence Management Division and Crime Scene Search Unit. Major Dave Johnson
is the commander of the Professional Standards Bureau which includes CALEA, Professional Standards and the Training and Recruitment Division. Sonya Williams
oversees the Computer Technology Solutions Division, which includes System Architecture, Application Development, and Operations Support. Monica Nguyen
oversees the Crime Analysis Division, which handles crime data and analytical assessment for the department. Dr. Meg Gibson
is in charge of organization development.
Deputy Chief Gerald Smith
joined the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department as a member of the 105th recruit class of January 1991. He was promoted to his current rank in 2019.
As the Deputy Chief for 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 Campagna
is the commander of the Special Investigations Bureau, which includes Vice & Narcotics, Anti-Crime, VCAT and ABC Units, Real Time Crime Center and Criminal Intelligence. 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 Coerte Voorhees
joined the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department as a member of the 114th recruit class of 1994. He was promoted to his current rank in 2017.
As the Deputy Chief for
Patrol Services Group
, he oversees the Patrol Divisions and Operations Command. Major Allan Rutledge
commands the Patrol North Division, which includes Freedom, North, University City and North Tryon Divisions. Major Ryan Butler
commands the Patrol South Division, which includes South, Providence, Independence, Hickory Grove, and Eastway Divisions. Major Dave Robinson
commands the Patrol Central Divisions, which includes Central, Westover, Steele Creek and Metro Divisions.