After a 39-year career in law enforcement, Huntersville Police Chief Philip Potter announced his retirement last week.
Potter served as chief in Huntersville for nearly nine years after working for 30 years in Piqua, Ohio, where he served as chief for 12 of those years.
During his time in Huntersville, town officials said Potter oversaw a department that grew alongside the towns population which now exceeds 50,000 as well as an increasing commercial and retail base.
Officials also credit Potter with the police department being accredited through the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies since 2008.
Community-based programs such as National Night Out, Safety Town and the Citizens Police Academy were launched during Potters tenure. He also helped to guide the department through a move from its former Gilead Road location to a renovated headquarters in The Park: Huntersville, rather than constructing a new building; this saved the town millions of dollars, officials said.
A national search for the next chief will likely take about four months, Town Manager Greg Ferguson said. Assistant Town Manager Gerry Vincent will serve as interim director of public safety during the transition.
The town will hold a retirement reception for Potter, although a date has not been chosen yet. Ferguson said details will be posted on the towns website.
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