New CMPD Chief Kerr Putney Sworn-In
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CHARLOTTE, NC – Charlotte officially has a new Police Chief. 23-year CMPD veteran Kerr Putney took the Oath of Office.
Putney admits there are long days ahead, but says he’s up for the challenge. “It’s a huge responsibility. I don’t make light of it. But I’m the kind of person who’s going to enjoy the journey,” he says.
The transition from retiring Chief Rodney Monroe comes just three weeks before Randall “Wes” Kerrick’s voluntary manslaughter trial. The CMPD officer is charged in the 2013 death of Jonathan Ferrell.
Putney says the department is ready. “We’re gonna facilitate people’s right to be heard, to get their voices out there, to demonstrate and protest,” Putney says. “We’re not going to allow criminal behavior.”
“The most important thing is that Kerr has the ability to reach out to the entire community. He’s well respected,” says City Council member Vi Lyles.
The new Chief also showed off a more lighthearted side at times. He’s know for being very serious, even admitting his mother told him he needs to smile more.
City leaders say they’re confident they made the right decision. “I’m very happy. I think he’s gonna continue Chief Monroe’s strong commitment to working actively out in the community,” says Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter.