City Bulletin

Entries for February 2016


Statesville City Manager Larry Pressley has announced the appointment of Joe Barone as Statesville's new Police Chief.  Barone, a 26-year veteran of the Statesville police force, has served as Acting Chief for the past six months. He has been an Assistant Chief since 2013.

Pressley started the hiring process last November for the opening which occurred in July 2015 when Chief Tom Anderson resigned to take a job with the North Carolina League of Municipalities.  In addition to advertising the opening, the process also allowed citizens to share their thoughts about the next chief through three community meetings and an on-line survey.

It was the community input that convinced Pressley that the right man for the job might already be in place.  "We received very strong support of Joe and heard many positive comments about the police department and the acting chief at these meetings," said Pressley.

“In talking with residents, elected officials and other area law enforcement officers, I am certain that Joe is the best person for the job," said Pressley. "I am very happy to be able to promote from within."

Barone, 46, is very excited about the announcement.  "I have already been able to begin several important programs," said Barone, referring to the training he has implemented department-wide for specialized crisis intervention.  Many officers have also been trained to administer a drug that can reverse Opioid drug overdoses.

"These are leading edge programs that are helping our citizens now.  They are solutions to problems we are having right now, right here.  And that's my goal as Chief ... to listen to what our community is identifying as problems and issues that need immediate attention ... and then solve them together."

An advocate of community policing, Barone believes that the newly revamped Community Oriented Policing (COPs) program will make a great difference in Statesville.  “It’s about building bridges in our neighborhoods and working with residents to improve communications and safety.”

A native of New York, Barone served in the Coast Guard Reserve and Army National Guard from 1987-1999.  He began working for the Statesville Police Department in 1990 and earned an associate degree from Mitchell Community College in criminal justice.

Barone will receive an undergraduate degree in criminal justice from Western Carolina University in May.

He has been a patrol officer, was one of the first COPs officers; served as a housing officer and a school resource officer, was an investigator, a patrol sergeant and a captain in the communications division.  “I know this community and it knows me,” said Barone.  “I have a strong police department and look forward to bringing our citizens and officers together to make Statesville better.”


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The Statesville Fitness and Activity Center will open at 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Monday night's City Council meeting was cancelled.

Monday and Tuesday routes will be collected on Tuesday.  Sanitation crews started Monday's route, but determined that it was unsafe to finish.  Residents on Monday routes should just keep their containers on the curb.

Road crews are spreading sand on slick spots, but do warn drivers to take roads "slow and easy".

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Polar Plunge Fundraiser for Special Olympics
Saturday, Feb. 20 at 2 p.m.
$25 person
Statesville Leisure Pool, 1875 Simonton Rd.
Email for more information

Statesville Bridal Expo
Sunday, Feb. 21; 1-5 p.m.
$5 person; grooms free with bride
Statesville Civic Center, 300 S. Center St.
Dozens of venders and ideas. More Information

Statesville Community Forum
Monday, Feb. 29; 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Unity Center, 1145 Salisbury Rd.
Join a facilitated discussion on how Statesville can come together and not apart.

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Come share your thoughts on how our community can come together.  The public is invited!

Community Forum
Monday, Feb. 29, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Unity Center
1145 Salisbury Rd
Light refreshments served.

Sponsored by City of Statesville, Statesville Chamber of Commerce, Iredell-Statesville Schools and Statesville Branch NAACP.

Email for more information

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Statesville residents and businesses recycled more than 1224 tons of materials in the first year of single stream recycling.  That compares to 440 tons in previous years.

Before we started our single-stream recycling program there were 3,552 households participating. That number has increased and currently there are 5,156 households.  (out of 10,011 households)  

There are 120 businesses out of 2,094 (for whom we provide trash collection) participating in single-stream recycling.

The residential numbers are increasing daily due to new construction, new people moving into the city limits and people making the decision to recycle.

Keep it up Statesville!  Thanks to you, we’re making a difference!

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Nancy Davis
Public Affairs Director
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