Kerr Putney, recently named chief of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, will make one of his first public appearances June 27 at a Ballantyne Breakfast Club meeting.
The club, which holds public meetings every other month, hears from local and state leaders on issues relevant to the Ballantyne/south Charlotte area.
Club founder Ray Eschert originally had booked retiring Chief Rodney Monroe for the June meeting. “Every year we like to have an update on specific things,” Eschert said. “I like to get the Police Department out on occasion.”
Putney will be joined by Charlotte City Councilwoman Claire Fallon, who also is chairwoman of the public safety committee; District 7 City Councilman Ed Driggs; and other local law enforcement officials.
When Monroe made the surprise announcement in mid-May that he was retiring, Eschert re-issued the invitation to Putney, a longtime deputy chief whom Eschert knew was well liked.
On June 15, Charlotte officials named Putney the chief of police, effective July 1.
Eschert is anticipating a larger-than-normal turnout for the June 27 Breakfast Club meeting. The meetings, which give guest speakers a forum to talk about their jobs and related issues, typically draw about 70 people.
Putney likely will discuss current policing issues such as the use of body cameras and police engagement with the community, Eschert said.
While the Ballantyne area is not known for frequent violent crime, Eschert said, people are interested in the Police Department’s strategies for dealing with crime and how it is addressing the public’s concerns.
“The public needs to be confident that, overall, police are doing a good job,” Eschert said.
After Putney and other guests speak, audience members will have the opportunity to ask them questions.
The Breakfast Club meeting begins at 9 a.m., but Eschert encourages attendees to arrive at 8:30 a.m. for refreshments. Meetings typically last an hour and a half.
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All meetings of the Ballantyne Country Club are free and open to the public. Meetings are held in the Fairway Ballroom of the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway.
The next meeting, featuring new CMPD Chief Kerr Putney, will be 9 a.m. June 27.
For more information about the Ballantyne Breakfast Club, visit www.ballantynebreakfastclub.com.