City Bulletin

Statesville Police Chief Tom Anderson named veteran police Captains Eddie Rimmer and Mike Watts as Assistant Police Chiefs.  “This is a historic day for the Statesville PD,” said Anderson.  “Not only because this is the first time Statesville will have two assistant police chiefs, but because of the high caliber of officers who are taking on these newly created positions.  I am very excited about this selection.”

Asst. Chief Rimmer is assigned to oversee Administration and Asst. Chief Watts now leads Department Operations.  Together, they have more than 40 years of experience with the Statesville Police Department. 

Statesville City Council approved the creation of the two positions earlier this month after Assistant Chief Bill Halliburton resigned to accept the Chief’s position with the Albemarle Police Department. 

The promotions are effective Nov. 17, 2011, and come after what Anderson described as, “a lengthy competitive interview process” that involved six captain candidates, all from within the Statesville Police Department.  Anderson and Assistant City Manager Lynn Smyth facilitated the interview process.  “We are very pleased that all of the candidates did exceptionally well and reflected a command staff that is well trained and experienced.  I look forward to our future together,” said Anderson.

Rimmer and Watts are both Iredell County natives and both served in the U.S. Army.  They joined the Statesville Police Department about the same time in 1986-1987, and have held a variety of positions within the department.  “They both have tremendous expertise in everything from training and recruitment to criminal investigation and operations management,” said Anderson.  “And even more importantly, they share the same vision for the department – to strengthen relationships in the community and develop a highly trained workforce.”

Rimmer was hired as a full-time officer in 1986 and promoted to Patrol Sergeant in 1993, followed by a promotion to Lieutenant in 1996.  He has served as the commander for a patrol squad, for the Records and Communications Division and for the Training and Personnel Division.  He transitioned to Captain in 2009.  Rimmer and his wife, Robin, have a son and grandson, both named David.

Watts has also worked in various divisions since beginning his career with the SPD in 1987.  He has served as a patrol officer for four years, a criminal investigator for five years and as a LT/Capt. for the last ten years.  He has completed a variety of training programs and is certified as a Specialized Subject Control/Arrest Techniques Instructor and a Physical Fitness Instructor.  He and his wife, Sharon, a SPD investigator, have 2 daughters and a son, who all work as CNAs.

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Nancy Davis
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