CHARLOTTE – Kerr Putney, chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, will retire July 1, following more than 30 years of service to the city.
Putney had planned to stay on long enough to lead CMPD through the Republican National Convention in August, but with the RNC moving the bulk of the event to Jacksonville, he figured the timing was right.
“He’s led us through some difficult times,” City Manager Marcus Jones said. “With his input, I think we are a better city.”
Putney encouraged CMPD to double its efforts on its work with young people.
“Re-engagement has to remain a core function of what we do in policing, especially during these times,” Putney said.
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