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.