City of Charlotte Announces Leadership Transition Plan for CMPD Chief of Police

Jason Schneider

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Oct. 7, 2019) – Charlotte City Manager Marcus D. Jones announced Monday that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) Chief Kerr Putney will retire at the end of this year and will 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. Jones will name an interim chief to serve during Putney’s short hiatus. Putney will step down from the role following the Republican National Convention (RNC) and a permanent replacement will be named at that time. 

“Chief Putney made a commitment to Charlotte to lead our security efforts during the RNC and I know that is important to him,” Jones said. “Because of his experience with the city’s efforts for the DNC in 2012 and his involvement with the current RNC planning, I want him to return and believe this approach gives us the best opportunity to host a more successful RNC for our residents, business community and visitors while also helping Chief Putney meet his personal commitments.”

Putney joined CMPD in 1992 as a patrol officer, working his way up through the ranks, and was promoted to deputy chief of police in 2007. He was sworn in as Charlotte’s chief of police on July 1, 2015.
Jones and Putney have been working on a thoughtful transition process that includes input from other stakeholders. There will be a media availability at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday to address transition plans. 
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