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Chief Philip K. Potter of the Huntersville Police Department announced his retirement this week. Chief Potter has served as the Huntersville Chief for nearly 9 years after a 30 year career in Piqua, Ohio with over 12 years of service as Police Chief there.

Chief Potter has overseen a growing police force as Huntersville has grown to over 50,000 residents and has an increasing commercial and retail base. Potter is credited with the successful accreditation of the department through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies since 2008. He also helped guide the move of the department into a new police headquarters in 2012, renovating an existing building in The Park Huntersville and saving millions of dollars versus construction of a brand new building.

Under Potter’s leadership the department has implemented a number of very successful community based programs including National Night Out, Safety Town and the Citizen’s Police Academy.

The town will hold a retirement reception for Chief Potter at a date to be announced later. Town Manager Greg Ferguson thanked Chief Potter for his service to Huntersville and stated, “Chief Potter has guided this department as the town has continued to grow very quickly. We have low crime rates and good quality of life with a safe community, reasons that residents continue to call Huntersville home.”

Mayor Jill Swain stated, “We wish Chief Potter the best in his retirement. I know we have an incredible police force that will continue to provide a high level of service.”

Ferguson has appointed Gerry Vincent, Assistant Town Manager, as interim Director of Public Safety during the transition period. A national search will be conducted for the next Huntersville Police Chief.

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