The public will have an opportunity to give its input on the selection of Statesville’s next police chief at two community drop-in events set for Tuesday, Oct. 23 and Thursday, Oct. 25.  The drop-in format will allow citizens to come by at their convenience to weigh in on a variety of topics about the chief’s position: qualities and traits he/she should possess, experience and accomplishments, what role he/she will play in the community and other feedback. 

Tuesday’s drop-in event will be held at the Statesville Civic Center, from 2:30 – 6:30 p.m.  Thursday’s will be at the Bentley Community Center, 1410 Third Street, 5-7 p.m.  It will be a very informal setting with staff on hand to answer any questions.  Responses are given anonymously.  There will be light refreshments. 

Earlier this year, Police Chief Joe Barone announced his retirement and Assistant Chief David Onley was named interim Police Chief.  In an effort to have a new chief in place around the first of the year, Statesville City Council contracted with the Centralina Council of Government (CCOG) to oversee some of the pieces of the process. 

“An important piece is the gathering of input from City Council, the police department staff and especially, the public,” said City Manager Ron Smith, who is responsible for hiring the police chief.  “By working with CCOG, this input can be gathered fairly and impartially.  CCOG is also overseeing the placement of advertisements, facilitating the interview process, screening applicants and conducting background checks and psychological evaluations,” Smith explained.  

If someone cannot attend the drop-in, but would like to give their feedback, printed surveys will be available on the City’s website ( or by request (704-878-3583 or  Attendees at the drop-in can also take extra surveys with them. 

For more information, call 704-878-3586 or email.

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If anyone needs information in an alternative format or requires a reasonable accomodation for City communications services/programs, please contact, Lynn Smyth, ADA Coordinator at 704.878.3588.

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