Friday, 06 September 2013 08:21

Huntersville starts process to find new police chief

Written by  Staff

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. -- The compilation of job requirements and the identification of desired skills and characteristics for the next leader of the Huntersville Police Department has begun in the first stage of what is expected to be a four- to five-month process of selecting a replacement for Philip Potter.

Potter, police chief since 2004, stepped down abruptly from the post last Friday, retiring after a nearly 40-year career in law enforcement that included three decades of service in Ohio before coming to Huntersville.

Tuesday night, Town Manager Greg Ferguson said preparing an updated job profile, incorporating input and ideas from agencies and individuals throughout the town, is the initial step in the effort to secure quality candidates.

"We're planning to seek input from inside the department, from elected officials and from the community," Ferguson said. "We want to put a lot of information together to prepare the profile."

He added that there would be no specific boundaries for the search once the opening is advertised and that current members of the Huntersville department would have the same opportunity to apply as candidates from across the country.

"The goal will be to find the best person for the job," Ferguson said, "and we're setting four to five months as the timeframe to get that done."

Ferguson has assigned Assistant Town Manager Gerry Vincent as interim director of public safety.

In the official announcement of Potter's retirement released Friday, Ferguson expressed gratitude for Potter's service.

"Chief Potter has guided this department as the town has continued to grow very quickly," Ferguson said. "We have low crime rates and good quality of life with a safe community."

The town plans to hold a retirement reception for Potter, but a date for the event has not been finalized.

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