Police Chief Rodney Monroe Announces Retirement from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department

ChiefRodneyMonroeChief Rodney Monroe has announced his retirement effective July 1, 2015, after seven years as chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD).

“I’m honored to have served as your chief for seven years,” says Monroe. “CMPD has experienced historic crime reductions, fostered trust and built upon established community partnerships. None of this would have been achieved without the hard work and commitment from each and every member of our organization. There is no doubt the current leadership will continue to move this department forward in a direction that further strengthens our community into one we are all very proud to be a part of.”

Mayor Dan Clodfelter stated, “Chief Monroe has been an exceptional leader for the men and women of CMPD, and his unwavering commitment to strengthening police-community relations has proven to have a powerful and, I believe, lasting impact on our City. While we recognize this is a tremendous loss for the department and for all of us in Charlotte, we also congratulate Chief Monroe on his retirement and his exemplary career of public service.”

Under Chief Monroe’s leadership, Charlotte has seen significant crime reductions in every crime category including the lowest number of homicides on record. Monroe also oversaw the department’s introduction of cutting-edge technology such as video camera systems, various crime analytics, a real-time crime center and body worn cameras.

“Charlotte has been extremely fortunate to have Chief Monroe’s leadership for the past seven years and his tireless promotion of positive and constructive community-police relations,” said City Manager Ron Carlee. “Charlotte is a safer and stronger community for his work.  No one could have served Charlotte better during this period. Personally, it has been a privilege to work with Chief Monroe.  He is the consummate professional administrator and has been my closest advisor.   No job in local government today is more demanding than that of Police Chief and Rodney Monroe has earned a well-deserved break from the intensity of truly never being off duty. I wish him and his family the very best in the next phase of his life.”

Monroe was appointed chief in 2008 after serving previously in the same capacity in Macon, Ga., and in Richmond, Va. He retires with nearly 40 years of experience in law enforcement.

Information regarding Chief Monroe’s replacement will be made available later this week.