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The Chief of Police

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe

Chief Rodney Monroe   Chief Rodney Monroe, a recognized innovator and practitioner of community policing, has more than 30 years of experience in law enforcement. He was appointed chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) in 2008. In this role, he leads the largest municipal police department in the state of North Carolina.

Under his leadership, the department has refocused its efforts on crime fighting and crime prevention through a more accountable organizational structure, new technology and an enhanced strategy of community policing. As a result, the department continues to experience a significant reduction in its crime rate. 


Prior to joining CMPD, Chief Monroe served as chief in Macon, Georgia, and in Richmond, Virginia. While serving in Richmond, his efforts led to the lowest number of homicides in over 25 years. Chief Monroe also worked in a variety of leadership positions within the Washington D.C. Police Department.

Chief Monroe holds a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Phoenix. He is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the National Executive Institute.

He serves as an Executive Committee member for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, member of Major Cities Chiefs, and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. In addition, Chief Monroe is a strong supporter of charitable organizations that make a positive impact on the lives of youth.

Office of the Chief
The Office of the Chief consists of the five Deputy Chiefs, who lead the Major Service Groups, the Police Attorneys Office, the Office of Professional Responsibility, the Real Time Crime Center, which is overseen by the Chief of Staff, Major Steve Willis and the Executive Operations Assistant, LaVondra Farquharson.

The Police Attorneys Office is led by Mark Newbold, Lead Attorney for CMPD.  The Office of Professional Responsibility is led by Major Sherie Pearsall, which includes the Internal Affairs Bureau, led by Captain Roslyn Maglione, investigates cases of misconduct and breaches of moral and ethical character within CMPD. OPR also includes the Professional Standards Unit, led by Sgt. Amy Stukey, and Special Projects, headed by Major Mike Adams, which will oversee the implementation and review of surveillance from officer body cams.

The Real Time Crime Center, led by Captain Allan Rutledge, is the daily crime surveillance and logistics group of the department, which includes LogisticsTRAP/POST, Pawn Shop/Scrap Metal unit and the Watch Commanders Division.

The Public Affairs Office is led by Rob Tufano, who oversees the internal and external communications for the department, as well as the public website. The CrimeStoppers Unit, led by Detective Toriarno Roddey, is also under the Public Affairs Office. The Human Resources and Fiscal Affairs Bureau is led by Business Services Manager, Kellie High-Foster. The Fiscal Affairs Division, managed by Greg Crystal, is comprised of Purchasing, Contracts/Grants, Asset Forfeiture/Revenue and Travel budget sections. The Human Resources Office, led by Monique Moore, handles the employee benefits and payroll.


The Deputy Chiefs

 Deputy Chief Kerr Putney 

Deputy Chief Kerr Putney joined the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department as a member of the 109th recruit class in 1992. He was promoted to his current rank in 2007.

As the Deputy Chief of the Administrative Services Group, he oversees the Training Bureau, the Administrative Services Bureau, the Planning and Research Division, Crime Analysis Division, the Communications Division, the Crime Reporting Unit, the Computer Technology Solutions Division, Professional Standards and Court Services.
Major Brian Cunningham is the commander of the Training Bureau, and as such, he is responsible for recruiting, recruit training and in-service training at the Police Training Academy.

Major Lisa Goelz is the commander of the Administrative Services Bureau which includes Communications, Crime Analysis, Research and Planning, Records, Crime Reporting, Professional Standards and Court Services.  



 Deputy Chief Doug Gallant 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 Freda Lester is the commander of the Special Investigations Bureau, which includes Vice, Gangs and Firearms Division, VCAT and Safe Streets Task Force Units. 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 Katrina Graue 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 for Field Services Group - North, she 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 John Diggs commands the Northeast Service Area, and Major Bruce Bellamy commands the Northwest Service Area.

 Deputy Chief Jeff Estes 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 Deputy Chief Vicki Foster joined the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department as a member of the 106th recruit class of 1991. She was promoted to this current rank in 2012.

As the Deputy Chief over 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 Johnny Jennings is the commander of the Special Operations Bureau, including SWAT, Aviation, Canine and Arson/Bomb Units. Major Mike Smathers oversees the Lab and Evidence Bureau. Major Diego Anselmo commands the Community Services Bureau, which includes Crime Prevention, School Resource, PAL, Electronic Monitoring, Youth Offenders and Animal Care and Control.