Huntersville names new police chief

A high-ranking law enforcement official from a Washington, D.C., suburb will take over as Huntersville’s new police chief May 5.

Cleveland Spruill, 49, is deputy chief of the City of Alexandria Police Department in Virginia, where he has served for more than 26 years, officials said.

He is known for helping to develop and implement Alexandria’s strategic response system, a mapping and software program that helps police identify crime hot spots to dispatch police to the most effective areas. Many credit this system for the city’s 40-year-low crime rate.

Huntersville Town Manager Greg Ferguson said Spruill embodies leadership qualities that town officials and residents believe are essential.

“Throughout his career he has touched almost every aspect of policing with a strong focus on community policing and community engagement,” he said.

In Alexandria, Spruill has been involved with patrol operations, administrative services, special operations and investigations, among others, officials said.

Spruill is a member of The International Association of Chiefs of Police. He will be moving to Huntersville along with and his wife, two sons and a daughter.

Huntersville’s previous chief, Philip Potter, retired in August 2013, and he was soon hired as police chief at the Alcoa Police Department in Alcoa, Tenn. Huntersville Assistant Town Manager Gerry Vincent has served as interim director of public safety since Potter retired.

The chief position was officially listed in the first week of December, and more than 100 applications were received from across the state and country, Ferguson said.

Spruill will come to the department in the middle of an investigation into the first Huntersville homicide in more than two years. Peter Michael Jordan, 19, was shot to death in a Huntersville apartment complex on Feb. 19. His family has offered a $5,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest.