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Interim Statesville City Manager Lynn Smyth has announced the retirement of Police Chief Joe Barone, effective January 1, 2019. Barone, a 30-year veteran of the Statesville police force, was appointed Chief in 2016.

According to Smyth, it is anticipated that Barone's last day will be September 7, 2018, and that a process for hiring the next chief is being developed.  An acting chief will be announced at a later time.

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 and an undergraduate degree in criminal justice from Western Carolina University in May.  Barone is currently working on a graduate degree from the criminal justice program at Fort Hays State University.

He has been a patrol officer, was one of the first COPs officers, served as a housing officer and a school resource officer; and was an investigator, a patrol sergeant and a captain in the communications division.  He was appointed Assistant Chief in 2013 and was acting chief following the resignation of Chief Tom Anderson.

Barone was hired as Chief after receiving strong support from citizens at community meetings and through surveys.  Former City Manager Larry Pressley said at the time, that the community support was very convincing that the City already had the "best person for the job".

Barone has initiated numerous successful programs, including department-wide training for specialized crisis intervention and instruction on administering the drug Naloxone to reverse Opioid drug overdoses.  He implemented the LEAD (Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion) program and CompStat policing methods within the department, and helped with the establishment of the Iredell Veterans Transitional Housing Program.  During his tenure, the Statesville Police Department has also been accredited by The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA).

Recently, Barone initiated a Violent Crime Prevention Task Force that has done much to reduce crime.  This collaboration of local and regional law enforcement agencies, including the SBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, is being modeled throughout the state.  Other collaborations have included active involvement with the Statesville Human Relations Commission and the Church and Police Coalition.

“Chief Barone has provided exemplary service to the City of Statesville for 29 years.  His leadership will be sorely missed,” said Smyth. “We wish him well in future endeavors.”

Nancy Davis
Public Affairs Director
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